The White Rose

Published by Walton Music Publishing
Catalog # WLG125 (to order, use HL08501630)
Secular text in English by John Boyle OíReilly
Duration: 4 minutes
Difficulty rating (1-5): 2.5
 listen to The White Rose

erformed by the Manitou Singers of St. Olaf College,
Sigrid Johnson, director; recorded Apr 30, 2006

This text is a real 19
th century romantic creation, so Iíve set it in a wonderfully lush manner. By the way, O'Reilly's life was full of high action --a globetrotting story of improbable adventures!

This piece was dedicated to and premiered by Sigrid Johnson at St. Olaf College. The piece was part of the repertoire for the Colorado All-State Women's Choir in 2006-2007, directed by Lynne Gackle & has also been featured at other treble music festivals in Iowa,Minnesota, Nebraska, and Virginia.

From Walton Music's Website:
"Beautifully written for high school women's voices, Paul Carey's romantic,lyrical setting of John Boyle O'Reilly's restrained yet passionate poem would be ideal for any concert or festival. Sustained vocal passages are mirrored by expressive legato lines in the violin part, all supported by a tasteful piano accompaniment. Simply elegant!"

What others say:
I conduct the Bel Canto Children's Chorus in SE PA.  We have sung a number of your pieces over the years, but recently I picked up "The White Rose" to check out. I have to tell you that I think it is simply a stunning piece. The text is exquisite, and the setting just gorgeous. I plan to have my senior high girls chamber chorus perform it in the spring. Thank you for writing this absolutely beautiful piece!"

Joy Hirokawa, Founder and Artistic Director, Bel Canto Children's Chorus


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Thanks to the Northern Arizona University Women's Choir directed by Ryan Holder. (Except Ryan isn't conducting this clip, I don't think!)



The red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O, the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.
But I send you a cream-white rosebud
With a flush up-on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
Has a kiss of desire on the lips.





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