Rose, Liz, Printemps, Verdure

Standard Brass Quintet $10.00

"Rose, lily, spring, greenery, flower balm, and the sweetest fragrance, beautiful lady, you surpass in sweetness" are the beginning poetry of this 14th century Guillaume de Machaut piece. Originally set for four voices, Rose, Liz is constructed in the Rondeau form. It is scored here for standard brass quintet (2 trumpets, Horn in F, Trombone and Tuba). The piece is written in 3/4 but often slips in to 6/8 and back and forth sometimes with melodic lines in opposing meters. These hemiola make phrasing the piece a bit of a challenge, but also a generous addition to the beauty of the piece.