There Is No Rose
Margaret Burk

Composer Margaret Burk
Text English trad., ca. 1420
Voicing SSATTB, a cappella
Topic Christmas
Price $2.50 (U.S.)
Released 8/23
Cat. no. 405-229
Difficulty Mod. Diff.

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Inspired by John Joubert's famous setting of this text, Margaret Burk’s setting begins with an ornamented melody sung over wordless harmonies. Although primarily homophonic, a reasonable amount of divisi throughout makes this a choice primarily for a medium or larger choir.




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Trinity Cathedral Choir, Portland, Oregon

Anthem text
There is no rose of such virtue
As is the rose that bare Jesu:

For in this rose contained was
heaven and earth in little space:
Res miranda.

By that rose we may well see
that he is God in persons three:
Pares forma.

Then leave we all in this worldly mirth
and follow we this joyful birth:

–English traditional, ca. 1420


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