Visions : Vocal score

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for solo violin, upper-voice choir, with harp, and strings or organ Visions is a four-movement showpiece for solo violin in unique combination with upper-voice choir, harp, and strings (or organ). Inspired by the idea of 'Jerusalem' both as a Holy City and a utopian ideal of heavenly peace and seraphic bliss, the composer has selected four biblical texts, in English and Latin, that express different aspects of this vision. The profound subject matter is taken up in the celestial soundworld of the choir and the virtuosic, vibrant, and expressive writing for violin, all set against a backdrop of rich textures and harmonies in the strings and harp. The accompaniment is available in two different instrumentations: harp and string ensemble or harp and more

Product details

  • Sheet music | 32 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 3mm | 116g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0193513188
  • 9780193513181

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Melodic writing in both the choir and solo violin show Rutter in top form. The orchestra consists of strings and harp with an alternative performance score for organ. Spanning twenty minutes and requiring a violinist of considerable skill, this work is not the most practical for many church situations. As an ancillary work in a concert, however, this major offering from one the church's most beloved composers is well worth consideration. * The Journal of the Assoc. of Anglican Musicians, May 2017 * The visions in question are those of Jerusalem, the eternal city, and the composer himself chose apt biblical and medieval texts to form the libretto, inspired by the location of the first performance of the work, the Temple Church, London . . . In the central lament the composer employs text and melody from Byrd's 'Bow thine ear, O Lord', but provides entirely different harmony that prevents the quotation from sounding out of place. The piece is framed by accompanied plainsong, 'Urbs Jerusalem beata', which, as the composer suggests, could be used as a procession and recession for choral performances in church. * James Whitbourn, Choir & Organ March 2017 * A violin concerto with a choir in it? John Rutter's Visions probably isn't quite a concerto - he doesn't call it that - but the solo part is certainly extensive, often recalling Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascdending in shape and atmosphere . . . The tone of Visions is often lingeringly elegiac, and may well surprise those who associate Rutter primarily with facile tunefulness and chirpy carols. * Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine, March 2017 *show more

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 more