Midwinter Rose 1 – Writing

As promised, here is an update from the Christmas CD. I have completed writing the next piece, this time a medley of In the Bleak Midwinter, Lo How a Rose ‘Ere Blooming, In Dulci Jubilo and Gaudete – all of which are very old Christmas Hymns with In the Bleak Midwinter being the most recent at 1911. I have great memories of singing Lo How a Rose in high school madrigals.

The arrangement begins quietly, with the Bleak Midwinter and Lo How a Rose reflections on the Nativity intertwined, and then gets more joyful with In Dulci Jubilo and Gaudete. The flow worked out even better than I had hoped when I grouped these carols together for this arrangement.

Last note: the arrangement is written for choir accompanied by harp. This is the most ambitious harp part I’ve ever written (and the most ambitious choral part, although a lot of it is lifted from traditional arrangements) but I have a plan. There is a very musical family that I am forming a relationship with (see next two blog posts in upcoming weeks). They are going to perform this piece for me this summer so I can record it! I’m excited beyond words. I gave them copies of the music last weekend and they are excited about putting it together. We have to do it this summer, though, because their harp playing daughter is leaving for college in the fall (which means we have to find yet another harp teacher for Nicole). I just hope we can find one who connects with her as well as the first two.

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