A Red, Red Rose

Written for the composer’s wedding, A Red Red Rose is a simple, sweet love song. Originally a vocal solo and first performed by Rhonda Browne (voice) and Christine Archer (piano) at Iona College Chapel, Havelock North on 27 Dec, 2000. Now a two-part setting, A Red, Red Rose creates an atmosphere of love and devotion and features a flowing and emotive piano accompaniment. (2000)

  • Two-Part, piano
  • Self-published: SL-002
  • Genre: Secular
  • Duration:  c.2:10mins
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Red, Red Rose (2 Part) PREVIEW (selected pages only)
  • Ranges: Both voices A3-E5

Poet: Robert Burns

The poem:

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve’s like the melodie That’s sweetly play’d in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass, So deep in luve am I:
And I will luve thee still, my dear, Till a’ the seas gang dry:

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear, And the rocks melt wi’ the sun:
I will luve thee still, my dear, While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee well, my only Luve And fare thee well, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve, Tho’ it were ten thousand mile.

(Note: this piece only uses the first three stanzas)