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Composer Profile: Stacey V. Gibbs

by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist Following in the steps of William Dawson, Jester Hairston, and Moses Hogan,… read more

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Christmas Sheet Music

Christmas sheet music for piano is always fun to have. There are plenty of songs for PVG (piano/vocal/guitar) that can… read more

December 2nd

Composer Profile: Stacey V. Gibbs

by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist Following in the steps of William Dawson, Jester Hairston, and Moses Hogan,… 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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