Kum ba yah

Kum ba yah : Vocal score

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for SATB and organ This moving and prayerful arrangement of the well-known traditional song was written in memory of Nelson Mandela. Rutter treats the melody in simple yet varied ways, with a mixture of unison and four-part choral textures, into which the organ is gently interwoven. The piece reaches a dynamic and emotional peak in the fourth and final verse, before a quiet and reflective ending.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 4 pages
  • 179 x 254 x 1mm
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193403668
  • 9780193403666

Review quote

John Rutter's short and very easy arrangement of Kum ba yah (in memory of Nelson Mandela) uses contrasts of texture and dynamics for its effect: upper and lower voices, harmony, accompanied or unaccompanied. This is suitable for modest SATB choirs. * Gordon Appleton, Sunday by Sunday (RSCM), June 15 *
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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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