Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (A meditation for a cappella choir)

Composer
Michael Praetorius (1609)
Arranger
David Sale (SOCAN) (2015) on ideas by Alf Houkom
Year of arrangement
2015
Lyricist
various adapted by David Sale
Publisher
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
4 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Choir
Instrumental parts
Not available

Alf Houkom wrote a beautiful arrangement of Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming which he published in 1975. He scored it for choir, organ and oboe, and I had the privilege of playing the oboe part for several performances. Unfortunately, his work is no longer in print and I do not have a copy. I wrote this arrangement with memories of Alf's ideas still floating through my mind. This is, consequently, not a reorchestration of his original but rather a new work that has been influenced by his approach.

In order to capture the contemplative mood, the tempos are slower than those for normal carol singing. The dynamics must be carefully followed in order to bring out the inner melodies, especially in the thicker textures.

Also available in arrangements for woodwind quintet, organ and for string orchestra.

Score: 7 pages

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