There is a Green Hill Far Away

A favorite of the BYU Young Ambassadors, this arrangement is one of composer Garrett Breeze’s best known works.  It was commissioned by director Randy Boothe for the fireside “I Believe in Christ” which toured the United States, the Caribbean, Africa, and Hong Kong.  It was then recorded by Dr. Ronald Staehli as part of the BYU Singers Alumni Hymn Project and released as a free digital download (available at www.singersalumni.com).  The arrangement’s most unique feature (its setting in 5/4 time) is also its most challenging, however this quickly becomes natural and adds a beautiful expressive quality to the familiar tune.

*Performance Note: Although not ideal, if the TTBB divisi in the third verse is problematic, the baritone and bass parts may be omitted.  Alternatively, this part could be sung by a featured quartet on microphone, thus reducing the rehearsal time needed to learn the piece.

Difficulty: Medium

Voicing: SATTBB

Accompaniment: Piano

Lyrics:

There is a green hill far away.  There is a green hill far away.  There is a green hill far away without a city wall, where the dear Lord was crucified, who died to save us all.

We may not know, we cannot tell, what pains He had to bear, but we believe it was for us He hung and suffered there.

There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin.  He only could unlock the gate of heav’n and let us in.

Oh, dearly, dearly has He loved!  And we must love Him too, and trust in His redeeming blood and try His works to do.

Oh dearly, dearly, has He loved.  Oh dearly, dearly, has He loved.  He died to save us all.

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