Go, Lovely Rose

SSATBB choir; 3.5 minutes

This is one of my favourite pieces. Aside from performances in Vancouver, Germany, and Austria by the University Singers, it has also been performed several times by the Pheonix Chamber Choir under the direction of Ramona Leungen.

Comprised mainly of a 6-voice homophonic texture, rich harmonies are explored for their simple sonorous qualities and how those qualities relate to the text. The third verse provides a momentary departure from the homophonic chords with a more sustained lifting texture.

Premiered in 1996 at the U.B.C. Recital Hall, Vancouver, B.C.

University Singers of UBC
James Fankhauser, director

This performance directed by Jonathon Quick, assistant conductor
Recorded live in Augsberg, Germany while on tour in 1997.


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Text by Edmund Waller (1606-1687)

Go, Lovely rose.
Tell her that wastes her time and me,
That now she knowes,
When I resemble her to thee,
How sweet and faire she seems to be.

Tell her that's young,
And shuns to have her
Graces spy'd
That hadst thou sprung
In Desarts, where no men abide,
Thou must have uncommended dy'd.

Small is the worth
Of beauty from the light retir'd:
Bid her come forth,
Suffer her selfe to be desir'd,
And not blush so to be admir'd.

Then die, that she
The common fate of all things rare
May read in thee,
How small a part of time they share,
That are so wondrous sweet and fair.

Additional performance: Recorded live Oct. 25, 1998 for the CBC Choral Competition

Phoenix Chamber Choir
Ramona Leungen, director