O give thanks unto the Lord

O give thanks unto the Lord : Vocal score

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for SSA and organ Composed in 1977, this triumphant setting of words from Psalms 136 and 67 is now published for the first time following the rediscovery of the lost manuscript. Rutter's early style is reminiscent of Britten, making a feature of parallel harmonies and scalic runs to impressive effect- ideal to revitalise the evensong repertoire of upper-voice choirs.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 12 pages
  • 170 x 209mm | 28g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193408309
  • 9780193408302

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The adventuresome tonal language is tonal yet full of chromatic spice. Long scalar passages in the accompaniment keep the restless harmonic activity cycling with plenteous flashes of modal harmony. The vocal lines are moderately challenging, requring singers with some experience . . . We are fortunate that this early gem has come to light, and it will surely become a staple in treble choir repertoire. * Jason Overal, Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, May 2015 * It is extraordinary to read that the manuscript of this 1977 piece was lost after its composition, hence its first publication in 2015. It could only have been written by Rutter. The texts are thoughtfully selected (verses from Psalms 136 and 67) and the words set with great care. The almost plainsong-like opening vocal lines, contrasting with a Britten-esque organ part, grow in richness and alternate with a more thoughtful 'for his mercy endureth for ever', which
triggers the entry of 'God be merciful unto us, and bless us' from Psalm 67. An extended Gloria includes a thrilling crescendo on 'As it was in the beginning' and a blazing conclusion. It deserves to become standard repertoire for upper-voice choirs. * James L. Montgomery, 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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