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Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

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Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

Arranged by Larry Kerchner

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General Info

Year: 1998
Duration: c. 3:35
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Arrangers Publishing Co.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet/Bassoon
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Tuba/E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Percussion I-II

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

"Es ist ein Ros entsprungen" ("A rose has sprung up"), most commonly translated to English as Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming or "A Spotless Rose", is a Christmas carol and Marian Hymn of German origin.

The text is thought to be penned by an anonymous author, and the piece 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. In addition, there have been numerous versions of the hymn, with varying texts and lengths.

The tune most familiar today appears in the Speyer Hymnal (printed in Cologne in 1599), and the familiar harmonization was written by German composer Michael Praetorius in 1609. The English translation Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming was written by Theodore Baker in 1894.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • South Carolina: II


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