A Rose in Winter

Continuing our brief series of posts on Germany’s best Christmas carols …

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen

Rose in snow

One of the most melodically beautiful carols from Germany or anywhere, this haunting composition is also known in English as Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming. The original German text was written by an unknown author sometime in the 16th century, and the version we know and love today was set to music by the composer Michael Praetorius in 1609.

Click here for a wonderful video of a choral flashmob from Munich University bringing Munich Central Train Station (home of the Radius sales office) to a halt last year with a splendid rendition.

And here is the English version, as performed by Sting.


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