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Publisher: Novello & Co

There is no rose (by Andrew Cusworth) (2010)
Novello & Co Ltd
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
4 Minutes

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Andrew Cusworth ‘There Is No Rose’ (SAATB). The composer has amended the familiar medieval text to provide a three-part structure. In the first, calm section the upper voices weave in and out, eventually being joined by the lower parts; the tension is then raised until the angels’ shout of “Gaudeamus” at the climax. The final section reflects the opening but with the lower voices leading the way as the music melts away. The whole piece is well paced and telling use is made of rests and silences which would suit a generous acoustic. Most effective
Alan Spedding, Organists' Review,3/1/2012
This is a piece whose effect greatly exceeds its simple means, and it would be welcome in any serious carol service.
Jeremy Summerly, Choir & Organ,1/1/2012
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