There is No Rose

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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!

There is No Rose was composed in early 2015 and exists in two versions - for unaccompanied SSA choir or unaccompanied SATB choir. It is dedicated to Barbara Senior, who was the composer's Director of Music at Wath Grammar School in the early 1970s, and was a great influence and inspiration on him and the carol is a belated thank you. The words have been set by countless composers over the years and the words are believed to be traditional and dating from about 1420.

David Heyes writes: "The setting is simple and direct with a rich harmonic vocabulary to display the glorious sonorities for the unaccompanied SSA choir. There are solo opportunities within the music, at the conductor's discretion, and the carol should be relaxed and gently rhythmic with a sense of rubato to add contrast and interest. The music should be atmospheric and nicely paced and could also be performed by a solo quintet. The musical style is tonal and traditional, with a strong chordal direction and the use of added notes to create a lyrical and romantic soundworld."

David Heyes studied double bass with Laurence Gray and Bronwen Naish and later at the Royal College of Music in London. He completed his post-graduate studies in Prague with Frantisek Posta (Principal Double Bass, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra). He has given recitals and masterclasses in 13 countries over the past few years and has been a juror at a number of international competitions, twice as chairman.

David has been Specialist Double Bass Tutor at Wells Cathedral School for 19 years and received a prestigious award from the David Walter Charitable Trust of New York for his pioneering activities as a soloist, teacher, publisher and commissioner of new music for double bass. He works with composers throughout the world and is particularly interested to expand the double bass repertoire, by commissioning new works and by rediscovering forgotten ones. Over the past 30 years he has commissioned more than 500 works, from beginner to virtuoso, and from one to twenty basses.

David has transcribed more than 200 works for double bass, many published by Recital Music, and in recent year has also composed a number of original works for double bass which have been performed in Britain, America, Spain, Turkey, Spain, Mexico, Germany and Czech Republic. David is self-taught as a composer and his music has been described as lyrical and accessible, but certainly of the 21st-century.


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Cat No. RM906
Supplier Code RM906
Price £1.50
ComposerDavid Heyes
Words English Traditional (c.1420)
CategoryCarols (upper Voices)
SeriesChristmas Choral & Vocal Music
ISMN 979-0-57045-906-3
EAN-13 9790570459063
Weight 14 grams
Published 21st January 2016
Availability 77 in stock
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RM861  Christmas Tonight! (CAROLS (UNISON, 2 OR 3 PART))
RM866  Christmas Bells (CAROLS (UNISON, 2 OR 3 PART))
RM917  Lullay my liking (CAROLS (UNISON, 2 OR 3 PART))