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There is No Rose

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The Christmas Choral & Vocal Music series

Recital Music has developed a large, exciting and eclectic catalogue of Christmas music for choirs in recent years. Some works are published for the first time, others are in new editions, and we aim to provide accessible and enjoyable choral music for choirs of all ages and abilities. Enjoy!

The anonymous 14th-Century text has been the inspiration for many composers across the centuries, and Peter Lamb's evocative and haunting setting for voice and piano is a beautiful and worthy addition.

An atmospheric and exotic harmonic palette create a wash of colour against which the lyrical melodic line can weave and contrast the flowing melodies. Although the text is often cited with Christmas, this accessible and audience-friendly song could be successfully performed at any time of year.


Peter Lamb (1925-2013) was born in London and studied composition at Trinity College of Music, subsequently with Arthur Benjamin, and was awarded a Fellowship of Trinity College for his First String Quartet.

He combined a busy career as a professional composer and music administrator, initially working for two international record companies before an appointment as Deputy Manager of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Here he worked on programme building with the eminent conductor Constantin Silvestri, and also helped to establish the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. For ten years he was Head of Music at Peter Symonds' College in Winchester and, prior to his retirement, lectured at the University of Southampton for eight years.

Peter Lamb's music has been performed worldwide, from Britain, France and Sweden, to Brazil, Canada and America, and significant works include a Flute Sonata, Flute Sonatina, Duologue for oboe and piano, a String Quartet, Concerto for viola and string orchestra, Wind Quintet, and many unaccompanied choral works. His compositional style combines a quintessentially English quality with a clarity of line and expression, incorporating a rich and varied harmonic palette and a gallic charm, producing music of strong character and distinction.

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Cat No. RM342
Supplier Code RM342
ComposerPeter Lamb
WordsAnonymous 14th-Century
CategoryVoice & Piano
PublisherRecital Music
SeriesChristmas Choral & Vocal Music
ISMN 979-0-57045-342-9
EAN-13 9790570453429
Weight 69 grams
Published 25th July 2011
Availability OUT OF PRINT.
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See also...
RM670  Silent Night (CAROLS (UPPER VOICES))
RM901  For the Beauty of the Earth (CHORAL SONGS (UPPER VOICES))