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August 22nd

Coming THIS SATURDAY: Excellence in Choral Literature 2016

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 23rd annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic! EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL… read more

August 19th

The Stephen Foster Collection

Known as “the father of American music,” Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864) was an American songwriter… read more

August 22nd

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August 22nd

Coming THIS SATURDAY: Excellence in Choral Literature 2016

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 23rd annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic! EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL… 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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