Advent Calendar 16 – Es ist ein Ros entsprungen

This is a lovely German carol from the 17th century. I’ve mostly sung it in translation – and there are a lot of translation, my favourite of which contains the line ‘ye oceans clap your hands’.

I love the very sweet soprano line, and the way the other parts swing underneath it like church bells. I think this one really is better with full choir, but it was fun converting the tenor line into a sort of mini descant for the final verse.

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