“Blest Mary Walks Amid the Thorn” is a German folk carol for Advent that relates the story of Mary, the expectant mother of Jesus, on her journey to visit her cousin, Elizabeth. In this arrangement of the lovely tune by Todd Marchand, four verses of the melody and refrain are presented, with melody and countermelodies carried by different instruments of the brass quintet in each of the verses.
“Blest Mary Walks Amid the Thorn” (“Maria durch ein’ Dornwald ging”) is a German folk carol that is thought to date to the 16th century. It first appears in print in 1850 as a pilgrimage song, having been spread orally in the traditionally Catholic state of Thuringia, a densely forested area in central Germany. In the 20th century, the song became popular in a version relating the story of Mary, the expectant mother of Jesus, on her journey to visit her cousin, Elizabeth. The text uses the popular Medieval symbol of the rose for the Virgin Mary and speaks of roses blooming on barren thorn-wood as Mary bears her child through the forest.
This arrangement presents four verses of the tune and refrain, with melody and countermelodies carried by different instruments in each of the verses.