Rosa Divina

My duo for alto and baritone based on the poem Rosa Divina by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz has been performed several times
On each occasion I am the alto, but the baritone part has been sung by different singers:

1. with Margaret Jackson Roberts at the "4-sided triangle" Concert (with introductory explanations)


2. with Margaret Jackson Roberts in my "studio"


3. with Guy Protheroe in my "studio"


4. with Tim Moore at the Unitarian Chapel in Manchester


The duo performed with Tim Moore is also available on video:


Rosa divina que en gentil cultura eres,
con tu fragrante sutileza.
Magisterio purpureo en la belleza,
enseñanza nevada a la hermosura.
Amago de la humana arquitectura,
ejemplo de la vana gentileza.
En cuyo ser unio naturaleza
la cuna alegre y triste sepultura,
cuan altiva en tu pompa premusida soberbia.
El riesgo de morir desdeñas.
Y luego desmayada y encogida.
De tu caduco ser das mustias señas
Con que con docta muerte y necia vida,
viviendo engañas, muriendo enseñas.

(Translation)
Divine rose, you who are so finely cultivated
with your fragrant sweetness and magisterial purple,
teaching snowy white beauty.
You are the image of human architecture,
in whose being nature is united.
You have a happy grave
and you scorn death in your pride.
Then struck down, you teach us in your frailty.
Your life is vain, you deceive us in your life.
Your death is learned, you teach us in your death.



The score is available on SheetmusicPlus

The music of Rosa Divina has also been recreated as a duo for violin and bassoon - see Pavel Eret and Franck Leblois




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