text:Es ist ein Ros ensprungen, Theodore Baker & Harriet Kraft
music: ES IST EIN ROS
“Lo, a Rose,” arranged for SATB choir and piano, is a somber, contemplative setting of the incarnation of Christ described in the traditional German carol, “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen”. This arrangement is moderately easy but allows good musicianship to shine. The light and delicate accompaniment, with hauntingly beautiful harmonies, directs the focus onto the text while providing the right amount of color and interest. “Lo, a Rose,” allows a choir to demonstrate artistic merit without enduring exhaustive preparations. The setting is meant to portray that the light and salvation brought to us by the Rose was achieved via a bitter and sorrowful path.
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text:At the Cross, Isaac Watts / Ralph Hudson (adapted)
AT THE CROSS is a simple arrangement of the beloved hymn with fresh and poignant harmonies. Set for SATB choir with piano accompaniment, it is moderately easy but rewarding of good musicianship. The light, delicate accompaniment directs the focus onto the text while providing the perfect amount of color and interest. It allows a choir to show artistic merit without enduring exhaustive preparation.
AT THE CROSS adapts Ralph Hudson’s traditional refrain to reflect the reality that the Christian walk is not one of temporal “happiness” but on of secure rest in a comforting shepherd.
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