rose of May, O - Concert Band

Catalog: W-442

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"Represented by a solo clarinetist, Ophelia is depicted as singing a solitary, peaceful song in the opening of the work. After this introduction, an agitated melody takes over, representative of the conflict between the characters of the play. Ophelia’s song reappears- but every time it is more and more twisted. A brief respite suggests relief from the conflict, but the song is unable to begin again. It bends to the will of the conflict, the voices of the surrounding characters overpower her, and as Ophelia descends into madness, her song becomes a hysterical celebration. The final bars are a wild chromatic descent into the last note of the work- a reflection on Ophelia’s final moments, falling from her tree branch into the brook in which she drowns."

-Harrison J. Collins, Composer

Concert Band, Grade level 5 - score and parts included
Duration - 7:00

Harrison J. Collins · O rose of May

Publisher: Murphy Music
Composer/Author: Collins, Harrison
Catalog Number: W-442