Es ist ein 'Ros ensprungen

From Wind Repertory Project
Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms (arr. Stanley M. Hoffman)

The original work bears the designation Opus 122, No. 8

General Info

Year: 1609 / 1896 / 2018
Duration: c. 2:35
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Organ
Publisher: Galaxy Music, through ECS Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


  • Full Score
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
  • Horn in F
  • Trombone I-II-III
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Timpani


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (a rose has sprung up) is a Christmas carol and Marian hymn of German origin. It is most commonly translated into English as "Lo, how a rose e'er blooming" and is also called "A Spotless Rose" and "Behold a Rose of Judah". The rose in the German text is a symbolic reference to the Virgin Mary. The hymn makes reference to the Old Testament prophecies of Isaiah, which in Christian interpretation foretell the Incarnation of Christ, and to the Tree of Jesse, a traditional symbol of the lineage of Jesus. Because of its prophetic theme, the hymn is popular during the Christian season of Advent.

The hymn has its roots in an unknown author before the 17th century. It first appeared in print in 1599 and has since been published with a varying number of verses and in several translations. It is most commonly sung to a melody harmonized by the German composer Michael Praetorius in 1609. In 1896, Johannes Brahms used the hymn's tune as the base for a chorale prelude for organ, one of his Eleven Chorale Preludes Op. 122, later transcribed for orchestra by Erich Leinsdorf.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

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