Category:   ETHNIC MUSIC
Composer:   Andrejs Janson
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   earthsongs
Edition:   C-15
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   A Cappella


Patricia Kasarow
Gustavus Adolphus College 1996
R&R Chair Ethnic Music

Mekletaja Cels (The Christmas Rose) is the second of the three carols in this collection. The carol is lyrical, comfortably ranged and reflective of the Latvian folksong idioms including meter and mood changes. The text for this work is sacred while the other two carols are more aligned with the celebration of the winter solstice.