Opus 1101

The Rose of Sharon (2014)

for Mezzo-Soprano and Organ

Text from the Bible: Song of Songs 2:1–8, 10–13, 16a

Duration: 6 min.

Dedication: for Tracelyn Gesteland and Wyatt Smith

Commission: Commissioned by Tracelyn Gesteland and Wyatt Smith

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The Rose of Sharon (2014) was commissioned by mezzo-soprano Tracelyn Gesteland and organist Wyatt Smith. The text is the bulk of chapter 2 of Song of Songs: one of the most famous pieces of spiritual love poetry. The moods and setting follow the text expressively: from inward reflection to ecstatic outburst.