Short, lyrical movement for trombone octet or ensemble - six tenor parts, two bass parts. Video: https://youtu.be/iPkI2nmmyrY
In Oscar Wilde’s 1888 short story “The Nightingale and the Rose” a nightingale seeks the rose a young man needs to win his sweetheart’s favor. The bush, damaged by cold weather, tells her the only way: “you must build it out of music by moonlight, and stain it with your own heart's-blood. You must sing to me with your breast against a thorn. All night long you must sing to me, and the thorn must pierce your heart, and your life-blood must flow into my veins, and become mine.” In Stahl’s Song of the Rose, the melody is the nightingale and the lower voices the rosebush. The three iterations of the melody represent the three verses Wilde describes: sweet new love, the awakening of passion, and finally, love in death. By the third verse, just as in the text, the lower voices/rosebush have taken over the melody, although a higher voice/nightingale concludes with “one last burst of music,” as Wilde writes, sacrificing her life for art, beauty, and love—all themes highly valued by Wilde himself.
Written for the University of Florida trombone ensemble. 2021 edits by Jacob Hardy.
Wilde's original story: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/NigRos.shtml
PDF of score plus parts for six tenor trombones and two bass trombones