Lo, a Rose, arranged for SATB choir and piano, is moderately easy while allowing good musicianship to shine. It is suitable for high school and higher level singers and works perfectly well with all ensemble sizes but can be particularly intimate with 8-12 voices.
The late 16th Century German carol, Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, contains a lovely melody that has been arranged countless times, often in a joyful or triumphant setting. This arrangement takes a somber, contemplative approach to the text and melody, recognizing that though this rose brought us light and salvation, the path was bitter and sorrowful. The selected text is a mix of translations from Theodore Baker and Harriet Krauth. It opens and closes with brief a cappella passages. The middle section is accompanied with a very light piano treatment, usually consisting of a monophonic right-hand ostinato against sustained left-hand tones. The arrangement is tonal, but vague in its tonic until resolving into F-Major 7 on the final chord.