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“The Rose Family” a Singable Poem by Robert Frost, Musical Setting by Elliott Carter and a Singable Picture Book

Posted on: November 24, 2012

I heard a musical setting of Robert Frost’s poem “The Rose Family” and was totally smitten.

THE ROSE FAMILY
Poem by Robert Frost
Musical Setting by Elliott Carter

The rose is a rose,
And was always a rose.
But the theory now goes
That the apple’s a rose,
And the pear is, and so’s
The plum, I suppose.
The dear only knows
What will next prove a rose.
You, of course, are a rose –
But were always a rose.

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The Rose Family
I heard this poem and musical setting on an NPR tribute to Elliott Carter and was completely enchanted.  It reminded me of the song,
LO HOW A ROSE E’RE BLOOMING, and I thought this poem (and its expression of love) made a lovely singable poem for Christmas.

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Lo How a Rose E’re Blooming

www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-b1vcEyoJU

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I love this whole album, including Rosalind Rees singing of “The Rose Family”

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The Rose Family
Poem by Robert Frost
Musical Setting by Elliott Carter

www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1QqOUSbrK8

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The Rose Family
Poem by Robert Frost
Musical Setting by Elliott Carter

www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFq_4G9xOHQ

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NPR Fresh Air podcast where I first heard the music setting of Robert Frost’s poem “The Rose Family” by composer Elliott Carter
http://www.wbur.org/npr/164605465/always-a-rose-elliott-carter-remembered
This podcast is a loving tribute to the great American composer Elliott Carter soon after he passed away.  Elliott Carter lived and wrote music into his 11th decade.

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New York Times tribute to Elliott Carter:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/06/arts/music/elliott-carter-avant-garde-composer-dies-at-103.html?pagewanted=all

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Being smitten with a song, usually makes me want to sing it and share it in Sing Books with Emily gatherings.  Since I could not find any published illustrations, I made a book for singing-along.

This book is for home, classroom and library use only:

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The Rose Family
Poem by Robert Frost
Musical Setting by Elliott Carter
Pictures Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This book is for home, classroom and library use only.

To view or print “The Rose Family,” click here:
rose family SPB for SBWE

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A page for the Sing Books with Emily SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR

The Rose Family
I heard this poem and musical setting on an NPR tribute to Elliott Carter and was completely enchanted.  It reminded me of the song,
LO HOW A ROSE E’RE BLOOMING, and I thought this poem (and its expression of love) made a lovely singable poem for Christmas.

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SBWE Advent Calendar the rose family
The Rose Family
Poem by Robert Frost
Musical Setting by Elliott Carter
To view or print the SBWE Singable Advent Calendar sheet for “The Rose Family,” click here:
SBWE Advent Calendar the rose family

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The Rose Family is featured in (though no illustrations, it seems…though I do recognize the cover illustration as being from the wonderful book, “Miss Rumphius”)

The Oxford Anthology of Children’s Verse in America
Chosen and Edited by Roald Dahl
Words and Music by Various Artsits

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Related Posts

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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STOPPING BY WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING (POEM BY ROBERT FROST), A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/12/08/stopping-by-woods-on-a-snowy-evening-a-singable-book-song-history-sing-along-tracks-lyrics-and-heartfelt-musings/

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SING ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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ROBERT FROST
Singable Illustrated Poems by Robert Frost
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/robert-frost-singable-illustrated-poems-by-robert-frost/

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