Commissioned in 2015 by Jay Buckle and the Purbeck Arts Choir, this 10-minute work is a sacred devotional cantata combining various texts in which a rose or flower is used as an analogy for the Blessed Virgin Mary, including the Rosa Mystica tradition itself, and Mary as the stem of the rose from which, arising out of the root of Jesse, grew Jesus.
In three movements, it is variously scored for Soprano solo, unison children’s voices (or women’s semichorus), mixed chorus (without divisi) and instrumentalists.
The instrumental scoring is flexible. The work can be accompanied by piano alone, or by by piano and string quartet, or with the addition of more strings and four solo instruments to this basic scoring – oboe (or flute), cor anglais (or clarinet), bassoon (or solo cello) and trumpet.
The work was first performed with its full instrumental scoring, by the Purbeck Arts Choir on 5 December 2015, in St Mary’s Church, Swanage, Dorset. A live recording of the first performance can be heard in the video below.
Those who wish to perform the work also have the options of purchasing a licensed download from which they can make their own copies, or hiring copies.
Purchase price: 1-4 copies: £2.50 each / 5-15 copies: £2.25 each / 16-30 copies: £2.13 each / 31-50 copies: £2.00 each / 51+ copies: £1.88 each
Download licence: Up to 30 copies: £56 / Up to 60 copies: £98 / Up to 90 copies: £127 / For larger numbers, please enquire.
Hire price: 50p per copy for a four month period
A full score and set of instrumental parts can be produced at modest cost to order, depending on the instruments to be used. Please specify your requirements for a quote. The composer is willing to consider producing a bespoke version with different instrumentation, for an additional fee.
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