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Rose Red is based on a haunting melody from the Elizabethan era. The melody is frequently sung as a round, which is echoed in this piece by the melody layering upon itself intricately. There are various lyrics that have been paired with the melody over the centuries. I chose to name the piece after the lyrics I know best: Rose, rose, rose red, Shall I ever see thee wed? I will marry at thy will sire, At thy will.