Lo, How a Rose e'er Blooming
Instrumentation: Unison voices or Mixed voices in up to four parts & Organ.
Text: 15th Century German, tr. Theodore Baker 1851-1934
Performance ready in one to two rehearsals
This piece is one in a series of familiar hymn tunes set with a contemporary harmonic palette, and presented so as to be performable by choirs of all levels with very little rehearsal time.
This setting of the late 15th century German hymn paints the mysticism and imagery of the rose blooming in the deep winter with a lithe and unpredictable chromaticism that makes the resolutions and cadences that much sweeter.