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