John Rutter Sheet Music
For most John Rutter sheet music in the UK and worldwide, except the USA, please visit Oxford University Press.
For most John Rutter sheet music in the USA, please go to the Hinshaw Music website.
This is one of the best-loved and most widely performed choral works of the twentieth century. The texts (in Latin and English) are from the Missa pro Defunctis, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Psalms. The seven sections form an arch-like meditation on the themes of life and death: prayers on behalf of all humanity, psalms, personal prayers to Christ, and in the central Sanctus an affirmation of divine glory. The full scores have been edited and engraved by the composer himself and are presented in handsome, cloth-bound editions.
Available from: Hinshaw Music in the US; Oxford University Press in the UK and all other territories
English Church Music, Vol. 1
Oxford Choral Classics: English Church Music assembles in two volumes around 100 of the finest examples of English sacred choral music of the past five centuries. The first volume, dedicated to anthems and motets, presents both favourite and lesser-known works, from the exceptional Renaissance polyphony of Taverner, Tallis, and Byrd, through the Restoration led by Purcell, to the glorious works of the great nineteenth- and twentieth-century composers, including Wesley, Elgar, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, and Howells. The volume contains a number of more substantial works, including Mendelssohn’s Hear my prayer, Stainer’s I saw the Lord, and Naylor’s Vox dicentis: Clama, as well as a wonderful selection of shorter pieces, from Gibbons’s O Lord, in thy wrath to Walton’s Set me as a seal upon thine heart. With the second companion volume of canticles and responses, this bipartite collection presents a comprehensive survey of English sacred music at its best.
Available from: Oxford University Press in all territories
Feel the Spirit
Feel the Spirit, a cycle of seven spirituals arranged for mezzo-soprano, mixed choir, and orchestra or chamber orchestra, is proving to be a favourite amongst choirs and choral societies everywhere. Equally suitable for concert, school or church use, this 30-minute work brings new life to such well-loved titles as Steal away, I got a robe, and When the saints go marching in, with vivid and expressive arrangements that are well within the capability of normal choirs.
Available from: Collegium Music Publications in all territories