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John Rutter Carols for SA and Men

by John Rutter

John Rutter Carols for SA and Men Synopsis

for sopranos, altos, and unison men with piano or organ or orchestra This collection includes nine of John Rutter's most popular Christmas carols, re-scored by the composer into three parts: for sopranos, altos, and unison men. From 'Star Carol' to 'All bells in paradise', these festive favourites continue to delight choirs and audiences across the world.

John Rutter Carols for SA and Men Press Reviews

Rutter is maximizing appeal and compositional output with these arrangements of some of his most popular SATB Christmas carols . . . Smaller choirs will welcome this sensitive accommodation, providing access to beloved Rutter Christmas carols to a wider audience. * Jason Overall, Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, November 2018 * John Rutter has rescored nine of his carols, not flexibly but in three parts, soprano, alto and 'unison men' with keyboard accompaniment that again is specified either for organ or for piano a with two exceptions: Mary's Lullaby for piano or organ, and Angels' Carol for piano or harp. Other popular carols given this three-part treatment include Candlelight Carol, Mary's Lullaby, Star Carol and What sweeter music. I was particular struck by the less well-known opening item, All bells in paradise, where, despite two forte climaxes, the overall impression is of sweetly singing angel voices as well as the ringing of the bells, all effectively portrayed in the music. * Stephen Patterson, CMQ Sunday by Sunday, September 2018 * Over the last 10 years I've looked at a large number of pieces for S-A-Men. Many are re-arrangements of SATB pieces, designed to suit better those choirs with a small number of tenors and basses. Sadly, the impression that there's something missing is almost unavoidable in so many cases. Not so, I'm happy to say, with John Rutter: Carols for SA & Men. I suspect the success of this collection with its new vocal scoring has something to do with the original structure of the carols, but it's also certainly due to the fact that Rutter has always been a superb craftsman . . . Old favourites rub shoulders with less familiar items, the layout on the page is always clear, and the nine items represent excellent value. * Jeremy Jackman, Choir & Organ, September 2019 *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780193524187
Publication date: 19th April 2018
Author: John Rutter
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Sheet music
Pagination: 64 pages
Categories: Musical scores, lyrics & libretti,

About John Rutter

John Rutter was born in London in 1945 and studied music at Clare College, Cambridge. His compositions embrace choral, orchestral, and instrumental music, and he has edited or co-edited various choral anthologies, including four Carols for Choirs volumes with Sir David Willcocks and the Oxford Choral Classics series. From 1975 to 1979 he was Director of Music at Clare College, and in 1981 he formed his own choir, the Cambridge Singers. He now divides his time between composition and conducting and is sought after as a guest conductor for the world's leading choirs and orchestras.

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