Lo, How a Rose (ES IST EIN ROS)


One of the most lovely songs of the Advent/Christmas season is turned into a tender jazz ballad. An oft omitted verse is included (“O Flow’r whose fragrance tender…”) and a short soprano solo provides extra vocal texture. This flexible choral anthem includes chord symbols for jazz combo, but it can also be sung a cappella, as in the recording above by the Heinz Chapel Choir of the University of Pittsburgh. The orchestral accompaniment is also flexible, allowing full orchestra or just the strings to support the sound of the choir and piano.

SATB and Piano
Optional Soprano Solo, Orchestra/Strings and Rhythm Section
music: 16th century carol (ES IST EIN ROS) arranged by Greg Scheer, 1995
text: verse 1 and 3, translated by Theodore Baker; verse 2, translated by Harriet R. K. Spaeth
copyright 1995

Orchestra details:
2 Flutes
2 Oboes
2 Bb Clarinets
Alto Sax in Eb
2 Horns
2 Trumpets
Violin 1, 2
Bass (jazz bass using chord chart)
Drums, Guitar, etc (using chord chart)