This year I've gone more traditional in my choice for best Christmas song. It's a bow to my husband Richard and his cousin Elizabeth. At the same time it's a lovely carol that will be familiar to many.
"Es ist ein Ros entsprungen" ( Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming ) is a traditional German song printed in Cologne in 1599 and with later harmonization written by German composer Michale Praetorius in 1609. The song was translated into English by Theodore Baker in 1894 as "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming".
There are many versions online but for me, one of the most moving is the version below:
There is a fun flash mob version here which is a bit more contemporary:
An English version by John Rutter and The Cambridge Singers (amateur score included):
And for something completely different, there's even a version by Sting:
I would also like to suggest one of Toronto Public Library's online resources - Naxos Music Library. You can listen to great music spanning medieval to modern and find expert educational content as well. If you like organ music, you would likely enjoy the Brahms' version "Es ist ein Ros entsprungen" found through Naxos as well.
I tried a quick search of "Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen" and listened to many different variations for free through online streaming. All you need is your Toronto Public library card and your PIN. In our catalogue simply search for Naxos and it's very easy to use after that.
There are 24 CDs in Toronto Public Library's collection that have this song. You can borrow most of these from your local library branch and there's a wide variety of singers and styles. We also have sheet music for it available to borrow.
If you're interested in some of my earlier song choices, you may enjoy them below:
- in 2013 I thought Jingle Bells....Batman Smells was the best.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!