John Rutter

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Life

Born: London, 1945

Biography

An excerpt from the Wikipedia article as of 27-07-07:

Born in London, he was educated at Highgate School, where a fellow pupil was John Tavener. He then read music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he was a member of the choir and then director of music from 1975 to 1979. In 1981 he founded his own choir, the Cambridge Singers, which he conducts and with which he has made many recordings of sacred choral repertoire (including his own works), particularly under his own label Collegium Records. He still lives near Cambridge, but frequently conducts other choirs and orchestras around the world.

In 1980 he was made an honorary Fellow of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, and in 1988 a Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians. In 1996 the Archbishop of Canterbury conferred a Lambeth Doctorate of Music upon him in recognition of his contribution to church music.

He also works as an arranger and editor, most notably (in his youth) of the extraordinarily successful Carols for Choirs anthology series in collaboration with Sir David Willcocks.

List of choral works

As this composer is still alive, all of his works are still under copyright. It is illegal to make copies in any format without written permission.

An excerpt from the Wikipedia article as of 12-08-07:

Carols

  • "Angels' Carol"
  • "Candlelight Carol"
  • "Carol of the Children"
  • "Christmas Lullaby"
  • "Donkey Carol"
  • "Jesus Child"
  • "Love Came Down at Christmas"
  • "Mary's Lullaby"
  • "Nativity Carol"
  • "Of a Rose, a lovely Rose"
  • "Shepherd's Pipe Carol"
  • "Star Carol"
  • "There is a Flower"
  • "The Very Best Time of Year"
  • "What Sweeter Music"
  • "Wild Wood Carol"

Choral Works

  • "Carols for Choirs 2" ed. Willcocks and Rutter
  • "Carols for Choirs 3" ed. Willcocks and Rutter
  • "Carols for Choirs 4" ed. Willcocks and Rutter
  • "Dancing Day" for SSA with harp or piano
  • "Eight Christmas Carols, Set 1" for mixed voices and piano
  • "Eight Christmas Carols, Set 2" for mixed voices and piano
  • "100 Carols for Choirs" ed. Willcocks and Rutter
  • "Twelve Christmas Carols, Set 1" for mixed voices and small orchestra or piano
  • "Twelve Christmas Carols, Set 2" for mixed voices and small orchestra or piano
  • "Child in a manger" from Carols for Choirs 3 for SATB and keyboard or orchestra
  • "Christmas Night" for SATB and keyboard or strings
  • "Cradle Song" from Carols for Choirs 3 for SATB unaccompanied
  • "Donkey Carol" for SATB and piano or orchestra
  • "Flemish Carol" from Carols for Choirs 3 for SATB and piano or orchestra
  • "A Gaelic Blessing" for SATB and organ or guitar. Commissioned by the choir of 1st United Methodist, Omaha, USA (1978)
  • "Here we come a-wassailing" from Twelve Christmas Carols, Set 1
  • "The holly and the ivy" for SATB and piano or orchestra
  • "I saw three ships" from Carols for Choirs 3 for SATB and piano or orchestra
  • "Jesus Child" for SATB and piano or orchestra
  • "Jesus Child" for unison and piano
  • "Joy to the world!" for SATB and keyboard or orchestra (2 trumpets, timpani and strings)
  • "King Jesus hath a garden" from Carols for Choirs 3 for SATB and piano or flute, harp and strings
  • "Love came down at Christmas" for SATB and keyboard or strings
  • "Mary's Lullaby" for SATB and piano or orchestra
  • "Nativity Carol" for SATB and keyboard or strings
  • "O come, O come, Immanuel" from Twelve Christmas Carols, Set 1 for SATB and keyboard or orchestra.
  • "Quem pastores laudavere" for SATB unaccompanied
  • "Quittez, pasteurs" for SATB unaccompanied
  • "Shepherd's Pipe Carol" for SATB and piano or orchestra or for SSAA and piano or orchestra
  • "Sing we to this merry company" for SATB and orchestra or organ
  • "Star Carol" for SATB and piano or orchestra or brass with optional children's voices or for unison and piano
  • "There is a flower" for SATB unaccompanied
  • "Three Carols" from Carols for Choirs 4 for SS and SSA unaccompanied
  • "Tomorrow shall be my dancing day" from the cycle of carols, Dancing Day for SSA and harp or piano
  • "The twelve days of Christmas from Carols for Choirs 2 for SATB and piano or orchestra
  • "Wexford Carol" for SATB unaccompanied
  • "What sweeter music" for SATB and organ or strings

Other

  • All Creatures of our God and King
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful
  • As the bridegroom to his chosen
  • Be Thou my vision
  • Behold, the Tabernacle of God
  • Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind
  • Children's chorus, opt.
  • A Choral Amen
  • A Choral Fanfare
  • Christ the Lord is risen again
  • A Clare Benediction
  • Distant Land
  • The Falcon
  • Fancies
  • Feel the Spirit
  • For the beauty of the Earth
  • Gloria
  • Go forth into the world in peace
  • God be in my head
  • Gregorian Chant
  • Greensleeves
  • How Firm A Foundation
  • Heavenly Aeroplane
  • Hymn to the Creator of Light
  • I believe in springtime
  • I will lift up mine eyes
  • I will sing with the spirit
  • I will worship the Lord
  • I wonder as I wander
  • Let us go in peace
  • Look at the World
  • The Lord bless you and keep you
  • The Lord is my light and my salvation
  • The Lord is my Shepherd: SATB & organ
  • Loving shepherd of thy sheep
  • Magnificat
  • Mass of the Children
  • Now thank we all our God
  • O be joyful in the Lord
  • O clap your hands
  • Open Thou Mine Eyes
  • The Peace of God
  • Pie Jesu
  • Praise the Lord, O my soul
  • Praise ye the Lord
  • A Prayer of Saint Patrick
  • Te Deum
  • Thanksgiving Prayer
  • The Peace of God
  • Thy Perfect love
  • Toccata in 7
  • Requiem
  • When Icicles Hang
  • When the saints go marching in
  • Wings of the Morning

Publications

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