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Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

Music by Alfred Tennyson

"Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal" is a sonnet poem written by Alfred Tennyson. It was first published in 1847, in The Princess: A Medley. The poem has been set to music several times, including settings by Benjamin Britten, Roger Quilter, Ned Rorem, Mychael Danna and Paul Mealor. It also appeared as a song in the 2004 film Vanity Fair (based on Thackeray's novel from 1848), sung by the character Becky Sharp.

Writer and poet Oscar Wilde included a reference to Tennyson's poem in the last paragraph of his essay "The Decay of Lying": "The final revelation is that Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of Art. But of this I think I have spoken at sufficient length. And now let us go out on the terrace, where 'droops the milk-white peacock [56/57] like a ghost', while the evening star 'washes the dusk with silver'. At twilight nature becomes a wonderfully suggestive effect, and is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets. Come! We have talked long enough."



Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

The first of a set of four madrigals on rose texts, also entitled Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, for SATB (with divisi).

Voicing: SATB



Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Emily Crocker (editor) : Essential Repertoire for the Concert Choir - Level 3 - Mixed : SATB : Mixed/ Teacher : 073999401172 : 079354355X : 08740117

Emily Crocker (editor) : Essential Repertoire for the Concert Choir - Level 3 - Mixed

Essential Repertoire is a core library of time-tested choral works which provide a framework for teaching style and history, all through performance. The graded series includes Masterworks (Renaissance through Contemporary), Folksongs (American and Multicultural), Spirituals, A Cappella and Accompanied works. The series is available for beginning through advanced choirs, and for mixed, treble and tenor bass ensembles.

Songlist: Ach, arme Welt (Alas, Poor World), Achieved Is Thy Glorious Work, Alma Redemptoris Mater, An American Salute, Blow,Blow, Thou Winter Wind (Arne), Break Forth, O Beauteous, Heavenly Light, E la don don, Verges Maria, Ezekiel Saw De Wheel, Gloria, Gloria In Excelsis, Hodie!, I Saw Three Ships, In Praise Of Spring, Let The Whole Earth Stand In Awe, Lobet den Herren (Praise The Lord), The Nightingale, Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal, Petite Nymphe Folastre (Nymphette, so Dashing and Appealing), Prairie Waters By Night, The Shepherd's Farewell To The Holy Family (Thou Must Leave Thy Lowly Dwe, Sing Out Your Joy, A Song Of Hanukkah (The Feast Of Lights), Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Tantum ergo in E Flat, Thee with tender care

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Voicing: SATB | 1818b | Mixed/ Teacher | $24.95


Gareth Malone : Voices : SATB : Songbook : 14042914

Gareth Malone : Voices

This collection from the young British choirmaster Gareth Malone includes the main songs from his album Voices. It's his most personal album, embodying his vision for the future for choral music. After searching the UK for the most talented young voices in the country he formed a genre-breaking new group.

Songlist: Hamburg Song, Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart, Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal , Calgary, A Little Respect, Nights in White Satin , White Winter Hymnal, No Surprises, Video Games , I Can't Make You Love Me, Go Your Own Way, Passion Choral

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Voicing: SATB | 4547b | Songbook | $24.95 | A Cappella


Paul Mealor : <span style="color:red;">Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal</span> : SATB divisi : 01 Songbook : 884088669461 : 1780384963 : 14041665

Paul Mealor : Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

Four madrigals on rose texts for unaccompanied SATB (with divisi). Commissioned by John Armitage Memorial and first performed by the joint choirs of the University of St. Andrews Chapel Choir, University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir and the Edinburgh University Chamber Choir, conducted by Michael Bawtree.

Songlist: Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal, Lady, When I Behold The Roses Sprouting, Upon A Bank With Roses About, A Spotless Rose

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Voicing: SATB divisi | 7688b | Songbook | $6.95 | A Cappella


Various Arrangers : Songs of Love : SATB : Sheet Music

Various Arrangers : Songs of Love

"You and Me" comprises two expressive love songs, each exploring a different side of love. 'Brightness' is a rapturous hymn to a beloved, its gentle syncopations and flexible rhythms building to a passionate intensity before the piece ends with a final, wistful refrain. 'The Good Side of Me', with text by Elizabeth Jennings, employs colourful harmonies to tell of a more complex, uncertain love, before reaching an affirmative, peaceful end. "Love" is is a quiet, expressive piece setting Tennyson's poem very simply. It has an easy solo line for soprano and tenor. Memorable lilting melodies are woven together in a texture of free counterpoint in this lush setting of "Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal" that captures the quiet ecstasy of Tennyson's famous love poem. Rhythmically challenging but very rewarding for the singer, this would make an ideal opener or closer for a program of love songs.

Songlist: Love, You and Me, Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, My True Love Hath My Heart

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Voicing: SATB | 8055b | Sheet Music | $6.95 | A Cappella


Sydney Northcote : Tenor Songs : Solo : Songbook : 073999320459 : 1458434273 : 48008369

Sydney Northcote : Tenor Songs

Contents: A Winter Dedication (Strauss) - Adelaide (Beethoven) - Amarylis (Caccini) - As Ever I Saw (Warlock) - E'en as a Lovely Flower (Bridge) - From Far from Eve and Morning (Vaughan Williams) - I'll Sail Upon the Dog-Star (Purcell) - Is it Bliss (Brahms) - Is She Not Passing Fair? (Elgar) - Love Song (Brahms) - Moonlight (Schumann) - Night is Mournful (Rachmaninoff) - Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal (Quilter) - On Wings of Song (Mendelssohn) - Reign Here a Queen (Brahms) - Rest Sweet Nymph (Pilkington) - Sigh No More Ladies (Stevens) - Sleep (Gurney) - The Brooklet (Loder) - The Knotting Song (Purcell) - The Secret (Schubert) - Thou'rt Like a Lovely Flower (Schumann) - To Mary (White) - 'Twas April (Tchaikovsky) - Under the Greenwood (Arne) - Where E'er You Walk (Handel) - Whither (Schubert) - Who is Sylvia? (Schubert) - Would You Gain the Tender Creature (Handel) - Ye Verdant Hills (Handel). This edition includes access to online audio recordings of piano accompaniments of each piece.

Songlist: Thou'rt Like A Lovely Flower (Du Bist Wie Eine Blume), Sleep, Rest, Sweet Nymphs, Adelaide, Op. 46, Sigh No More, Ladies, Amaryllis, E'en As A Lovely Flower, Under The Greenwood Tree, As Ever I Saw, Would You Gain The Tender Creature, The Secret (Geheimes), The Brooklet, Reign Here A Queen Wighin The Heart, Love Song (Minnelied), Is It Bliss, Or Is It Sorrow?, 'Twas April, To Mary, Is She Not Passing Fair?, A Winter Dedication, From Far, From Eve And Morning, Night Is Mournful (L'Ombre Est Triste), Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal, On Wings Of Song (Auf Flugeln Des Gesanges), Where E'er You Walk, Moonlight (Mondnacht), Whither (Wohin), Who Is Sylvia (An Silvia), The Knotting Song, Ye Verdant Hills, I'll Sail Upon The Dog Star

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Voicing: Solo | 40254b | Songbook | $22.95 | Voice and Piano


Various : 15 Art Songs by British Composers : Solo : 01 Songbook & 1 CD : 884088588069 : 1458410471 : 48021113

Various : 15 Art Songs by British Composers

This collection, representing major composers, was compiled as an introduction to British song literature for collegiate age singers and advanced high school age singers. Britten: Come you not from Newcastle? - Britten: Nocturne - Britten: The Nurse's Song - Clarke: Down by the Salley Gardens - Finzi: Come away, come away, death - Finzi: Oh fair to see - Gurney: Sleep - Purcell/Britten: I attempt from love's sickness to fly - Purcell/Britten: If music be the food of love (1st version) - Quilter: Love's Philosophy - Quilter: Now sleeps the crimson petal - Quilter: Weep you no more - Vaughan Williams: Linden Lea - Vaughan Williams: The Vagabond - Warlock: Take o take those lips away.

Songlist: Now sleeps the crimson petal, SLEEP, Take O Take Those Lips Away

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Voicing: Solo | 40284b | Songbook & 1 CD | $17.95 | Voice and Piano


Individual Folios

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Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal : SATB : Paul Mealor : Paul Mealor : Songbook & 1 CD : 14041841 : 884088692193 : 1780384971

Paul Mealor : Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

The first of a set of four madrigals on rose texts, also entitled Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, for SATB (with divisi).

Composer: Paul Mealor | Country: Wales

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 14041841


Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal : SAB : Alexander L'Estrange : Sheet Music : 12-0571538010 : 9780571538010

Alexander L'Estrange : Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

Now sleeps the crimson petal (Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1809--92) entreats a lover to emulate nature's patterns, imploring that they first waken like the firefly and then "slip into my bosom and be lost in me." The music is inspired by composers Gerald Finzi and Roger Quilter, two of the most prominent figures in English song in the first half of the twentieth century. Faber Choral Singles offer a series of beautifully crafted arrangements in a diversity of musical styles for today's choirs. From Broadway, pop and folk to spirituals, gospel and original works, the Faber Choral Singles series guarantees the perfect repertoire for every occasion.

Arranger: Alexander L'Estrange | Poetry By: Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.85 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 12-0571538010

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