The Song of the Rose
“The Song of the Rose” is an exuberant setting of an anonymous 15th century poem in a modern translation by Brian Stone. The simple strophic structure of the poem is mirrored in music that is punctuated by an increasingly insistent refrain: “Of a rose, of a lovely rose, of a rose is all my song”. The carol dates from 1970, when it originally appeared as a supplement in The Musical Times.
© Christopher Brown 2011