A Spotless Rose
by Welsh composer Paul Mealor
, arranged for unaccompanied SSAA divisi chorus. The sublime harmonies of this piece were released on the album 'A Tender Light' that also featured his piece composed for the Royal Wedding.
The moving melodies and dramatic dynamics of the vocal parts in A Spotless Rose create a subtle solemnity in the wash of the beautiful soprano and alto parts. Featuring a Piano part for rehearsal only, the unaccompanied soaring of the choir will make a truly lasting impression on any audience.
In the September 2015 issue of the Organists' Review, David Lindley writes that this piece "encompasses a wide dynamic range, and some high tessitura for sopranos as the music celebrates "Mary, purest maid", contrasting with the slow-moving chordal setting of the rest of the text."