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Notes from the Organ Bench…Updated Advent & January Anthems
Our anthem for the fourth Sunday of Advent is “There is No Rose of Such virtue” by Stephen Caracciolo. ‘There is No Rose’ is one of the best-known medieval carols, dating from the first half of the fifteenth century. Some of the Latin phrases (‘res miranda’ and ‘pari forma’) come from the Sequence for Christmas, ‘Laetabundus‘, and the virtue of the rose/Mary in the first line is not just ‘goodness, purity’, but a particular kind of power, the special healing power of a plant. (Clerk of Oxford: https://aclerkofoxford.blogspot.com/2012/12/two-carols-about-roses.html) Our arrangement of this historic text is by Stephen Caracciolo (b. 1962), a noted choral conductor and educator from Ohio, currently performing as a professional bass at Washington National Cathedral.
In May and June, as our choir year comes to a close, we look back at the anthems we offered in worship from September to June and the choir is presented with a list of titles from which they vote for their top two or three favorites. I reviewed the ballots from the past five years that I have been privileged to serve as your choir director and compiled a list of ‘favorites.’ We will be sharing these anthems and notes from the choir members as to why this music is a particular favorite. Our choir favorite for January was chosen by Teddy who tells us that “What a Friend in Jesus” is one of his favorites and he likes this particular arrangement, which was composed by Jack Schrader.