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for solo violin, upper-voice choir (women's and/or advanced children's choir), with harp, and strings or organ Visions is a four-movement showpiece for solo violin in unique combination with upper-voice choir, harp, and strings (or organ). Inspired by the idea of 'Jerusalem' both as a Holy City and a utopian ideal of heavenly peace and seraphic bliss, the composer has selected four biblical texts, in English and Latin, that express different aspects of this vision. The profound subject matter is taken up in the celestial soundworld of the choir and the virtuosic, vibrant, and expressive writing for violin, all set against a backdrop of rich textures and harmonies in the strings and harp. The work may be performed by women's or boys' voices. The accompaniment is available in two different instrumentations: harp and string ensemble or harp and organ.
Set of parts for the joyful carol of celebration with the refrain 'Gloria in excelsis Deo'. Compatible with both the upper- and mixed-voice versions. This set contains the following string parts: 4 x vln I, 4 x vln II, 3 x vla, 2 x vc, 1 x db. Also available on hire/rental.
for SATB (with divisions) and small orchestra Set of parts for Rutter's arrangement of this popular French carol. This accompaniment is compatible with both the JRAE vocal score and the Joy to the world! collection. This set contains the following string parts: 4 x vln I, 4 x vln II, 3 x vla, 2 x vc, 1 x db. Photocopies of these parts may be made as required for use by choirs, orchestras, and groups within the purchaser's institution only.
for SATB and organ or piano Originally published as the fifth movement in the large-scale work The Gift of Life, this is a pleasingly optimistic anthem in Rutter's gloriously uplifting style. The words by the composer capture a thankfulness for the world's creation, along with a sense of excitement and anticipation for the future to come. Rutter skilfully mirrors the varying moods of the text through harmonic shifts, melodic devices, and tempo fluctuations, and brings the music to a wonderfully calm and peaceful close.
for SATB and organ or small orchestra Christmas Lullaby was commissioned in 1989 by the Bach Choir in celebration of the seventieth birthday of its conductor, Sir David Willcocks. The haunting melody of the verses and the reflective refrain of 'Ave Maria' have made this an immensely popular carol. This set contains the following string parts: 4 x vln I, 4 x vln II, 3 x vla, 2 x vc, 1 x db.
for SATB and piano or small orchestra This classic Rutter anthem, with its familiar words, optimistic feel, and characterful orchestral accompaniment, is essential repertoire for any choir. Orchestral material is available on sale and on hire/rental. Also available in John Rutter Anthems and in a version for upper voices.
for mixed choir (double choir for movement 3) with orchestra or chamber ensemble The Gift of Life is a six-movement choral celebration of the living earth and its creation. Setting a variety of sacred texts, including new words by the composer, the work includes the mystical 'Hymn to the Creator of Light', for double choir, as its central canticle. The surrounding movements offer a kaleidoscope of moods, from the spirited 'O all ye works of the Lord' to the majestic 'O Lord, how manifold are thy works' and culminating in the inspirational 'Believe in life'. The accompaniment is available in two versions: full orchestra or chamber ensemble. Orchestral material is available on hire/rental.