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Opus 5 No 1
Strew on her Roses

Written in 1898 by the 23-year old Cyril Bradley Rootham (CBR), this part-song was intended to be sung a cappella in small venues. The optional accompaniment was used for this performance in the larger space of St Margaret's Church, Westminster.

About this work

Opus 5 No 1 "Strew on her Roses" sets the text of the poem "Requiescat" by Matthew Arnold. The song is dedicated to the Bristol Madrigal Society, where CBR's father Daniel Wilberforce Rootham (1837-1922) was musical director for 50 years.

Publication status

Originally published by Boosey & Co in 1899, the sheet music for this part-song has been out of print for many years. But we have recently been able to typeset the music and hope to publish it in 2018.

original Boosey edition

Original 1899 edition by Boosey & Co


About this recording

St Margaret's Church, Westminster

St Margaret's Church, Westminster

This performance was recorded at a concert given by The Treasury Singers at St Margaret's Church on 18 November 2016. You can download the full programme with helpful notes.

As part of their concert The Treasury Singers also performed another CBR part-song: you can also listen to Rootham's Opus 5 No 2 "Love and Laughter".

The Treasury Singers in St Margaret's Church, Westminster on 18 Nov 2016

The Treasury Singers: St Margaret's Church on 18 Nov 2016
Photo: Yuanfang Jiang