Ashes of Roses (a requiem for chorus and orchestra)


I. Introit/Kyrie
II. Dies Irae
III. Lacrimosa
IV. Ashes of Roses
V. Offertorium
VI. Agnus Dei
VII. Lux Aeterna

SATB choir, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano and Baritone soloists, soprano saxophone solo & orchestra

"Ashes of Roses" is a new setting of the Requiem (the Mass for the Dead). The work, for soloists, chorus and orchestra, gets its name from Elaine Goodale Eastman's poem "Ashes of Roses," which is incorporated into the traditional Latin text of the Requiem. Like so many composers before her, from Mozart to Durufle, Jocelyn has divided her composition into movements, which, for the most part, correspond to the prayers, which make up the order of the Mass.
~Dr. Patricia Cahalan Connors


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Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
JH-LE03 (full score)
Publishing Series: 
JH Music
Commissioned By: 
St. Catherine Choral Society & St. Catherine's University
Premiere Date: 
Premiere Ensemble: 
St. Catherine Choral Society
Premiere Conductor: 
Dr. Patricia Cahalan Connors

"Ashes of Roses" was first premiered by a volunteer chorus and orchestra at St. Olaf College in 2003. In 2010, St. Catherine University, in conjunction with the St. Catherine Choral Society, under the direction of Dr. Patricia Cahalan Connors, commissioned a completion of the work, in which two new movements were added: the "Dies Irae" and "Agnus Dei." The new version was premiered May 8, 2011, in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The 2003 version was an honorable mention in the ASCAP Rudolph Nissim Composition Competition.


St. Olaf College student volunteer chorus and orchestra, Jocelyn Hagen, conductor ~ 2003
St. Catherine Choral Society, Dr. Patricia Cahalan Connors, conductor ~ 2011


Exact Instrumentation:

Clarinet in B-flat (2)
Bassoon (2)

Horn (2)
Trumpet in C (3)
Trombone (2)

Percussion (2)

Soprano Saxophone Soloist
Soprano Soloist
Mezzo-Soprano Soloist
Baritone Soloist

SATB Chorus

Violin I (8)
Violin II (8)
Viola (6)
Cello (5)
Bass (3)

Text Author or Source: 
Traditional Roman Catholic Prayers of the Mass & Elaine Goodale Eastman
Latin & English

IV. Ashes of Roses
by Elaine Goodale Eastman

Soft on the sunset sky
Bright Daylight closes,
Leaving, when light doth die,
Pale hues that mingling lie –
Ashes of Roses.

When love’s warm sun is set,
Love’s brightness closes;
Eyes with hot tears are wet,
In hearts there linger yet -
Ashes of Roses.