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JMK-005 Rose-of-Sharon

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Catalogue #:JMK-005
Duration:approx. 5' 30''
Composer Rose of Sharon
Mikhail Johnson

Rose of Sharon

for Unaccompanied Choir SATB (with divisi)

Rose of Sharon is a work I call a ‘choral tone poem.’ In this piece, I was inspired to experiment with musical language, contrasting textures, the use of the chorus and the general approach to choral writing in the context of the romantic symphony where the chorus somewhat acts as an orchestral accompaniment for itself.     Simultaneously, the work through the text, is portraying love as a varied and complex structure from three perspectives in the spirit of a three-act micro-opera or three chapter storybook. The text is from Song of Solomon 2: 1-8 and 10-14, a mixture of the King James and the New International Versions.

This work was written to be a part of the 2015 inaugural Cantus Ensemble  Composition Competition. The work was a finalist in the competition and resulted in its world premiere on July 21, 2015 at the St. Gabriel’s Church, Pimlico, London in their summer concert series “Butterfly Dreams” by said ensemble.


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