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Song NameComposer
FanciesJohn Rutter
Tell me where is fancy bredJohn Rutter
There is a garen in her faceJohn Rutter
The urchins' danceJohn Rutter
Riddle songJohn Rutter
Midnight's bellJohn Rutter
The bellman's songJohn Rutter
Suite AntiqueJohn Rutter
PreludeJohn Rutter
OstinatoJohn Rutter
AriaJohn Rutter
WaltzJohn Rutter
ChansonJohn Rutter
RondeauJohn Rutter
Five Childhood LyricsJohn Rutter
Monday's childJohn Rutter
The Owl and the Pussy-CatJohn Rutter
Windy nightsJohn Rutter
Matthew, Mark, Luke and JohnJohn Rutter
Sing A Song Of SixpenceJohn Rutter
When Icicles HangJohn Rutter
IciclesJohn Rutter
Winter nightsJohn Rutter
Good aleJohn Rutter
Blow, Blow, Thou Winter WindJohn Rutter
Winter wakeneth all my careJohn Rutter
Hay, ayJohn Rutter

Directed by John Rutter

The 'fancies' that give this album its title are the fleeting ideas, dreams and whims that flit like Will-o'-the-wisps through the imagination of every artist. I have always thought that they were captured to perfection by the Elizabethan poets and by their collaborators, the madrigal composers such as Weelkes, Wilbye and Morely; and, looking back now on the music heard on this recording, I realize how much of it was inspired by the madrigalian spirit. Fancies was written in 1971 for the Richard Hickox Singers and Orchestra (the orchestra was later renamed the City of London Sinfonia, who play on this recording). The first performance was given in London, repeated shortly afterwards at an open-air concert one lovely summer's evening by the River Thames in rural Berkshire, a perfect setting for it. The Suite Antique, dating from 1979, also has a Berkshire association: I was asked to write it for the Cookham Festival, to be peformed by Duke Dobing and the London Baroque Soloists at a concert in Cookham Parish Church. Bach's Fifth Brandenburg Concerto was on the programme, so I decided to write for the same combination of instruments, and to pay musical homage to the forms and styles of Bach's day. - John Rutter

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Choral | A Cappella | Mixed | England

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