This is an arrangement of the piece "Lo, How a Rose e'er Blooming", of unknown origins, based on an arrangement by Praetorius. I really tried to go for a gentle feel with this, mixing both a more traditional feel with a more modern almost cinematic style.
I really wanted to do a solid production on this- I took the time to score it out and have various friends both online and in the local area record parts individually and send them to me; their names are listed below with instrument. In addition, I contacted a vocalist I had known previously and had her record the great vocal part you hear just over half-way through the piece, using the original English translation by Theodore Baker back in the 19th Century.
Special thanks to Camoshark for all the advice with the mix, and to everyone who helped record this for doing a swell job!
If you have any comments on the piece, feel free to share. I love to hear what folks think, especially if it's some constructive critique.
Flute- J. Azevedo
Clarinet- K. Bjarnason
English Horn- [Virtual]
Bassoon- N. Graichen
Trumpet- S. Hebert (A.K.A. the Camoshark VST)
F Horn- [Virtual]
Tenor Trombone- S. Gossner (that's me!)
Bass Trombone- " "
Strings (Violins, Violas, Cellos, and DBass)- [Virtual]
Vocals by Anya St. James
[Virtual Instruments by EWQL; written and scored in Finale 2009c, final mix/mastering in Adobe Audition CS6]
Lo, how a rose e'er bloom-ing
From ten-der stem hath sprung,
of Jes-se's race is com-ing,
As men of old have sung.
it came a flow'ret bright,
a-mid the cold of win-ter,
when half-spent was the night.