A Red, Red Roseby James Mulholland (b. 1935)
Conducted by Colette Nakielski
Colette Nakielskiis a masters of music education with certification student at VanderCook College of Music. Originally from West Allis, WI she now resides on the north side of Chicago with her husband Chris Nakielski (M.M.Ed. 2009). Mrs. Nakielski received her undergraduate degree in theatre and music performance from Ripon College in Ripon, WI. Currently, she assistant teaches second grade at Francis W. Parker School, runs several summer drama camps, teaches private voice lessons, and sings in various choirs around the city.
A Red, Red Roseis just one of four ballads in a set arranged by James Mulholland, a prolific composer currently based at Butler University in Indiana. All four pieces are based on traditional Scottish texts documented by Robert Burns, “The unofficial national poet of Scotland” in the late 18th century. A Red, Red Rose tells of unconditional love, fresh, yet everlasting. The relatively simple textures and repeated melody allow the words to ring clear and true, and the dynamic contrasts reflect the outpouring of passion. Listen for the ebb and flow of tempos that reflect Burns’ romantic ardor, “I will luve thee still, my dear, Till a’ the seas gang dry.”