A SPOTLESS ROSE HOWELLS PDF

Language: English Instruments: A cappella. First published in , and therefore public domain in the United States though not yet elsewhere. English text. A Spotless Rose is blowing, Sprung from a tender root, Of ancient seers' foreshowing, Of Jesse promised fruit; Its fairest bud unfolds to light Amid the cold, cold winter, And in the dark midnight. Navigation menu Personal tools Log in Request account.

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Its fairest bud unfolds to light amid the cold, cold winter, And in the dark midnight. The rose which I am singing, whereof Isaiah said, Is from its sweet root springing in Mary, purest Maid. The text is anonymous, and the words first appeared in print in the late 16th century. The hymn has been used by both Catholics and Protestants, with the focus of the song being Mary or Jesus, respectively.

The original melody appeared in the Speyer Hymnal printed in Cologne in , and the familiar harmonization was written by German composer Michael Praetorius in This tune was used by Johannes Brahms as the basis for a chorale fantasy for organ.

The English translation, which Howells chose for the setting to be performed this evening, was made by the English hymnwriter and translator Catherine Winkworth. A Spotless Rose was written, as the composer recalled, in a single sitting on 22 October "after idly watching some shunting trains from the window of a cottage in Gloucester which overlooked the Midland Railway".

Perhaps the sense of timelessness such an idle activity suggested can be heard in the easy flow of the music. The final bars impressed fellow composer Patrick Hadley so much that every Christmas he would copy them out and send them to Howells in a Christmas card with a simple message: "O Herbert! That Cadence!

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A spotless rose (Herbert Howells)

Its fairest bud unfolds to light amid the cold, cold winter, And in the dark midnight. The rose which I am singing, whereof Isaiah said, Is from its sweet root springing in Mary, purest Maid. The text is anonymous, and the words first appeared in print in the late 16th century. The hymn has been used by both Catholics and Protestants, with the focus of the song being Mary or Jesus, respectively. The original melody appeared in the Speyer Hymnal printed in Cologne in , and the familiar harmonization was written by German composer Michael Praetorius in

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