In preparation for an upcoming afternoon tea concert of roses and flowers, I started looking for music with rose in the title.
On the bookshelf of the music classroom were loose sheet music and a Reader’s Digest Family Songbook Album. Here I found the following oldies:
- My Wild Irish Rose
- Days of Wine and Roses
- I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
- Yellow Rose of Texas
- La Vie En Rose
- Red Roses for a Blue Lady
But will these “rose” songs fill an hour of performance?
What about pop songs? Immediately I thought of the following favorites:
- The Rose (Bette Midler)
- Kissed by a Rose (Seal)
- Cracklin’ Rosie (Neal Diamond)
- Bed of Roses (Bon Jovi)
How about other kinds of flowers? Here again, I wracked my brain.
- Tiptoe Through the Tulips
- Tulips in Amsterdam
- Jasmine Flower
- Mei Hua (plum flower)
Searching on the Internet, I found a webpage of parlor songs about rose, which is a symbol of love.
Extending this further, I could play familiar piano solos such as
- Waltz of the Flowers from the Nutcracker Suite (Tchaikovsky)
- Jardins Sous la Puie (Debussy)
- Flower Duet from Lakme (Delibes)
- Flower Song from Carmen (Bizet)
I am sure there are more works inspired by roses and other flowers. Fortunately, others have done the research for me already — see Classic FM’s 25 selections.
- Find the sheet music.
- Sightread and decide how much time I have and want to devote to further study.
- If sheet music not adequate, consider improvising or finding a better arrangement.
- Arrange them in order.
- Try out the order – does it make sense? Does it tell a story? Does it vary in tempo and mood?
- Put together the program.
Note: June is national rose month. Maui’s official flower is heavenly rose, or “lokelani” in Hawaiian. Roselani is the Americanization of “lokelani”
Friday 14 June 2013
3 to 4 pm
Papa Avenue, Kahului