Lo, how a rose e'er blooming
(after Becker's "Weihnachtsmotette")


SATB choir, harp

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The Princeton Singers

The Princeton Singers
Steven Sametz, director
on "Christmas with The Princeton Singers"

E.C.Schirmer No.7843
E.C.Schirmer No.7844 - Harp Part

Program Notes

For over thirty-five years, Steven Sametz has created a new arrangement of Praetorius’ Lo, how a rose e’er blooming as a seasonal gift for Lehigh University Choral Arts. The simplicity of melody and elegant harmonic structure open up new compositional possibilities each year. The variations frequently borrow musical ideas from other pieces included on the holiday program, ranging from Bach to Britten, Handel to Honegger. This variation, composed at Christmas 1999, is  based on  the beautifully intimate Weihnachtsmotette of Albert Becker (1834-1899). Becker’s setting of The Gospel of Luke complements the carol text of Praetorius (1571-1621). 


Fürchtet euch nicht! siehe, ich verkündige euch große Freude, die allem Volk widerfahren wird; denn euch ist heute der Heiland geboren, welcher ist Christus, der Herr, in der Stadt Davids.
Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe und Frieden auf Erden und den Menschen ein Wohlgefallen; Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe!     
                      The Gospel of Luke, 2: 10, 14

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming,
From tender stem hath sprung,
From Jesse’s lineage coming,
As men of old have sung.

It came, a flow’ret bright,
Amid the cold of winter,
When half-spent was the night.

Isaiah ’twas foretold it,
The rose I have in mind.
With Mary we be hold it,
The virgin mother kind;

To show God’s love aright
She bore to us a Savior,
When half-spent was the night.