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A Rose Hath Borne a Lily White

for SSAATTBB choir

Alison Willis

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for SSAATTBB choir

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Composer Alison Willis

Year of Composition



ca. 4' 40"

Student Difficulty

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Catalogue ID ce-aw1arhblw1


The text for this piece combines gthe medieval “A Rose Hath Borne a Lily White” (James Ryman, 15th Century) with Alma Redemptoris Mater, credited to Hermann the Lame (1013-1054).

Musically, it draws on the Gregorian and Anglican choral chant traditions with the aleatoric soprano lines towards the end of the piece suggesting an angelic choir.