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
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.