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John Rutter on the Requiem: YouTube video series

Monday 27th September, 2010

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Offering a unique insight into one of today’s best-loved works of choral music, John Rutter has created a series of short films about his setting of the Requiem.  Available on YouTube, these films cover the personal and musical impetuses which drove John to begin working on the piece; its relationship to other Requiem settings; his choice of texts; and a detailed movement-by-movement look at the music which will be invaluable to singers preparing the work.

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10 Comments

  1. Frank o' Sullivan

    Thank you for search Great music !!!!!!
    Love it

  2. JIm Hunt

    Our church choir is performing Requiem for the second time in ten years tomorrow (Good Friday), and we are are overjoyed. It’s such a spectacular piece and I keep saying how “I just have to meet John Rutter someday”. Thank you for making this work available to the choirs of the world!

    • John

      Hi Jim – I hope the performance of John’s Requiem went well on Good Friday.
      Regards, Emma Harrison (PA to John Rutter)

  3. Mary M

    Dear Mr. Rutter

    I am studying for a MA in Christian Spirituality and for a guided reading project have chosen the following title – Comparing the Mozart and Rutter Requiems:Liturgical Text and Musical Resonances. I have found your video discussions very useful indeed but wonder if perhaps you have any comments to make that I might include in my essay, (to be submitted by 1st Nov. 2013)
    Thank you.

  4. “The Lord is my Shepherd” was performed at the Ordination and Consecration of the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Ninth Bishop of Washington, on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at Washington National Cathedral, by a choir of over 300 voices. It was magnificent. To see this work performed, go to this link http://www.nationalcathedral.org/exec/cathedral/mediaPlayer?MediaID=MED-5E92H-08000M&EventID=CAL-5322E-2J0011
    or http://www.nationalcathedral.org, then “Spirituality and Worship”, then “Services”, then “Worship Archive”, then scroll to November 12, 2011. The work begins about 2 h 20 min from the beginning (you can move the slider).
    I was in that choir. It was one of the most moving days of my life, this piece was the best music in a very incredible service, and our own church choir has just ordered the complete Requiem, and we look forward to singing it.

  5. Carol R Strand

    I don’t know if Mr Rutter actually sees the comments here, but I simply had to find a place to say that the community chorus in which I am an alto is currently rehearsing the Requiem for a mid-November performance. I don’t think I have ever had as much joy and peace as I have found with this music. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving us this amazing gift. I am quite certain I speak for the 40 of us in the Contra Costa Chorale, which performs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    • John

      Dear Carol,
      We pass all the messages left here onto John. Some of the more straight-forward enquiries are responded to by the office.
      Yours, Matthew

  6. Dear Mr. Rutter,
    I attended the Requiem premier in Dallas, and it has remained my favorite choral work in the world. I had the pleasure to perform it here in Seattle in a professional choir just last month. So hoping to be able to attend Carnegie Hall. This is the most amazing complete work ever. Thank you for bringing it to the world, and to mine. It means so much to me.

  7. Neil Sorsby

    Came across the music of John on classic fm. This may not be the right place to post this but thank you for the music Mr Rutter, it’s the most perfect and logical music I heard in a long time 🙂

  8. Daniel Kleeman

    I came to the performance of the Requiem at Robinson yesterday and I thought it was terrific. They didn’t really encourage rapturous applause, but it deserved it. Thank you for conducting it John!

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