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July 27th

Happy Birthday, Enrique Granados!

Enrique Granados was born on this day in 1867, in the city of Lleida, Spain.  As a young man, he first studied piano… read more

July 24th

Stanton’s Welcomes Nancy Bachus

On Friday August 7th, Stanton’s will host a piano workshop presented by Nancy Bachus.   She is one of Alfred Music’s… read more

July 27th

Happy Birthday, Enrique Granados!

Enrique Granados was born on this day in 1867, in the city of Lleida, Spain. As a young man, he first studied piano… read more

July 24th

Stanton's Welcomes Nancy Bachus

On Friday August 7th, Stanton’s will host a piano workshop presented by Nancy Bachus. She is one of Alfred Music’s… read more

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Title: La Rose Complete


Voicing/Format: SATB
Publisher: Peer Southern
Composer: Lauridsen, Morten
Catalog #: 00228804 Price: $1.90

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In addition to his vast output of German poetry, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) composed nearly 400 poems in French. His poems on roses struck me as especially charming, filled with gorgeous lyricism, deftly crafted and elegant in their imagery. These exquisite poems are primarily light, joyous and playful, and the musical settings are designed to enhance these characteristics and capture the delicate beauty and sensuousness of the poetry. Distinct melodic and harmonic materials recur throughout the cycle, especially between Rilke's poignant “Contre qui, rose” (set as a wistful nocturne) and his moving “La rose complète.” The final piece, “Dirait-on,” is composed as a tuneful chanson populaire, or folksong, that weaves together two melodic ideas first heard in fragmentary form in preceding movements.--Morten Lauridsen
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