Christiana Canticles

Christiana Canticles : Vocal score

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for SATB and organ John Rutter's first setting of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis texts is sure to delight all church, chapel, and cathedral choirs. The Magnificat features rippling organ syncopations, contrasting textures, and an emphatic Gloria. The Nunc dimittis is tender yet uplifting, beginning with a reflective, lyrical section for tenors and basses or a solo voice. This beautifully written setting is a welcome addition to the Evensong repertoire.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 20 pages
  • 185 x 362 x 1mm | 46g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193390094
  • 9780193390096
  • 2,139,321

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. John Rutter's music has been widely recorded and is available on many record labels including Universal, Naxos, and Hyperion. The Cambridge Singers have recorded many of John Rutter's
works on the Collegium Records label.
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John Rutter's Christiana Canticles were also written for the choir of Christ Church, Christiana Hundred, a professional choir, but Rutter has written a piece that good amateur singers as well as professionals will enjoy. Surprisingly it is his first setting of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis. There is much contrast in the vivid characterization of each verse, and a particularly effective coming to rest on 'as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for
ever'. You can hear a recording of the complete Magnificat on the publisher's website. * James L. Montgomery, Sunday by Sunday, Sept 15 * Rutter's Christiana Canticles are a model of pragmatism - touching and serenely beautiful. The upper-voice led Magnificat trips along gracefully, with an appropriately wistful 'He remembering' section, and the double-arched structure of the lower-voice led Nunc dimittis is formally satisfying. The organ part is thoroughly manageable and the choral writing is craftsmanlike in the extreme, only dividing (suitably enough) for the 'and to be the glory' section
in the Nunc dimittis. * Jeremy Summerly, Choir & Organ, November/December 2012 *
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