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ChristMashUp (In The Bleak Midwinter & Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming)

8 members needed
SATB (minimal divisi)
A new work to be composed by Amy Gordon
Difficulty: 3 · Medium
Length: 4 minutes
AUG
29
2020
Releases on Aug. 29th 2020
Must be funded by Jul. 15th 2020
$200 / ensemble

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Description

For this holiday-themed consortium, I will be arranging "In the Bleak Midwinter" for SATB Choir, mashed up with motives, melodies, and harmonies from "Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming". This will be the third piece in my ChristMashUp series, which takes two beloved carols and combines them. My 1st piece in this series is "What Child Is This", which is a mash-up with "Carol of the Bells". The 2nd piece in this series is "Joy to the World", which is an uptempo mash-up with "Deck the Halls". These two mash-ups have been very popular with choirs who are looking for fresh takes on beloved carols. With this consortium, I will be continuing this ChristMashUp series by combining "In the Bleak Midwinter" with "Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming". I love the compositional puzzle of taking two pieces and combining them together. My hope is that this new piece will fit work as a stand-alone piece, and also fit into my already existing "What Child Is This" and "Joy to the World" carol suite. I would love to have you and your ensemble aboard this new ChristMashUp piece!

Lyrics

IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER

In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan;
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.

Angels and Archangels
May have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim
Thronged the air;
But only His Mother
In her maiden bliss
Worshipped the Beloved
With a kiss.

What can I give Him,
Poor as I am? —
If I were a Shepherd
I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man
I would do my part, —
Yet what I can I give Him, —
Give my heart.


LO, HOW A ROSE E'RE BLOOMING

Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse's lineage coming
As men of old have sung.
It came, a flower bright,
Amid the cold of winter
When half-gone was the night.

Isaiah 'twas foretold it,
The Rose I have in mind:
With Mary we behold it,
The virgin mother kind.
To show God's love aright
She bore to men a Savior
When half-gone was the night.

This Flower, whose fragrance tender
With sweetness fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendor
The darkness everywhere.
True man, yet very God,
From sin and death He saves us
And lightens every load

About Amy Gordon

Magic (from the song cycle As Time Stops to Rest)
What Child Is This
Nurse's Song
I am a composer, arranger, singer-songwriter, vocalist, and theory-lover in Los Angeles, CA. I am currently the composer-in-residence for Nova Vocal Ensemble and have been commissioned by numerous ensembles including The Los Angeles Belles, Graham Middle School Vocal Ensemble, Ramona Convent Chamber Singers, South Bay Chamber Singers, and more. I love setting poetry to music and bringing out the meaning of the text through music. In addition to composing classical and choral music, I am an active film composer and singer-songwriter. My song “One Door Opens” was named a finalist in the International SongDoor Songwriting competition. I am also a music educator and teach Bachelor-level Music Theory, Songwriting, and Music Education classes at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. I received my M.M. in Composition from California State University, Long Beach and her B.A. in Composition from Loyola Marymount University.
Ruth Ballenger
Aug 3, 2018
I commissioned a piece for my auditioned women's ensemble from Amy Gordon in the fall of 2017. During the 2017-18 school year, she and I spoke many times about the collaboration, starting with the selection of the text from a book of poetry written by students at my all-girls school. Throughout the process, I was delighted at how carefully Amy listened to my descriptions of the strengths and challenges presented by my ensemble, so that she could create a piece truly tailored to my students. Further, when Amy came to work with the students after we'd prepared the piece, her feedback for my students was kind, genuine, and helpful. I was thrilled that Amy was able to come to the world premiere of the piece at our spring concert, and so were my students! The experience was outstanding, from beginning to end, and I absolutely love the piece Amy wrote.