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A Gaelic Blessing

Music by John Rutter

John Rutter's enduringly popular Gaelic Blessing is presented here with commentary and performance hints from the composer. Rutter's setting of William Sharp's uplifting words is serene, tender, and beautiful in its simplicity.


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John Rutter : Anthems for SA Men : Songbook : 9780193518209 : 9780193518209

John Rutter : Anthems for SA Men

This collection of nine of John Rutter's finest and most popular anthems, scored for SA Men, has been carefully compiled to be both accessible to a wide range of choirs and appropriate to the needs of today's liturgy. With the inclusion of so many 'classics' covering a variety of texts and styles, this anthology is ideal for working church choirs requiring flexible options. Accompanied and unaccompanied.

Songlist: A Clare Benediction, A Gaelic Blessing, God Be in my Head, All Things Bright and Beautiful, For the Beauty of the Earth, Look at the World, Open Thou Mine Eyes, The Gift of Each Day, The Lord Bless and Keep You

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4556b | Songbook | $9.50


Royal School of Church Music : The Bronze Collection : SATB : 01 Book : G-6812

Royal School of Church Music : The Bronze Collection

Voice for Life, RSCM Publications' indispensable guide to choral training, now offers four new choral anthem collections specifically designed to accompany their choral training program. These comprehensive and varied collections provide choirs with a vast assortment of anthems ranging in skill level from beginner to advanced. The pieces in each book correspond with the different skill levels in the Voice for Life program. These fine editions also stand on their own as valuable choral collections for any choir.

Songlist: A Gaelic Blessing , A Prayer of St Richard of Chichester , And didst thou travel light , Ave Maria , Ave verum corpus, Away with gloom, away with doubt , Child in the manger , Day by day , Fairest Lord Jesus , From the rising of the sun, Glory, love, and praise and honour , Hide not thou thy face , How beautiful upon the mountains , I am the bread of life , I give you a new commandment, In the heart where love is abiding, Let all the world in every corner sing, Listen , Love one another, Loving God, May the peace of God the Father, O for a closer walk with God , O mysterium ineffabile, O Holy Spirit, Lord of grace, Praise, O praise our God and King, Sent by the Lord am I , Steal away , The Easter Song of Praise, The fruits of the land , The Lord's my shepherd, and more

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Voicing: SATB | 7898b | Book | $23.50


Cambridge Singers : Be Thou My Vision : 00  1 CD : John Rutter : 514

Cambridge Singers : Be Thou My Vision

21 favorite Rutter anthems, taken from classic Cambridge recordings. The talented, prolific (29 excellent CDs in the Primarily A Cappella catalog) 33-strong, mixed-voice Cambridge Singers were founded by John Rutter after he gave up his position as Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge in 1979, to allow himself more time for composition. Here are 21 of Rutter's finest Christian anthems, culled from the many fine recordings by the Singers. The title tune, "Open thou mine eyes," the lovely "Wings of the morning," the triumphant "O be joyful in the Lord," "All things bright and beautiful," "As the bridegroom to his chosen," the soaring "Loving Shepherd of thy sheep," "O clap your hands," "Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace," "God be in my head," "Thy perfect love" - these are all joyful, positive songs of worship and celebration, the best of everything we love about John Rutter and his Singers. Some accompaniment. "Be Thou My Vision" is a winning, inspirational collection!

Songlist: Be thou my vision, Open thou mine eyes, I Will Sing With The Spirit, A Gaelic Blessing, Wings of the morning, O be joyful in the Lord, All things bright and beautiful, I will lift up mine eyes, As the bridegroom to his chosen, A Prayer of Saint Patrick, Loving Shepherd of thy sheep, Look at the world, O clap your hands, The Lord is my light and my salvation, Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace, I believe in springtime, God Be in My Head, A Clare Benediction, For The Beauty Of The Earth, Thy perfect love, The Lord bless you and keep you

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7508c | 1 CD | $12.98 | Some a cappella


Cambridge Singers : Gloria : 00  1 CD : John Rutter : 515

Cambridge Singers : Gloria

The music heard on this recording represents a cross-section of the sacred choral pieces I have written over a period of some twelve years. Two paramount considerations have shaped it: first, the performers and occasions it was commissioned for, and second, the texts (which I always choose with great deliberation). Gloria, the most substantial piece, was written as a concert work. The Latin text, drawn from the Ordinary of the Mass, is a centuries-old challenge to the composer: exalted, devotional and jubilant by turns. My setting, which is based mainly on one of the Gregorian chants associated with the text, divides into three movements roughly corresponding with traditional symphonic structure. The other pieces are all anthems, primarily intended for use in the context of a church service. They range in difficulty from very simple to fairly challenging, though it was my hope in writing them that none would be beyond the reach of a capable church choir. Although the accompaniments were originally for organ (or, in the case of For the beauty of the earth and All things bright and beautiful, for piano), I enjoyed scoring them for orchestra and prefer them in this form. The three unaccompanied pieces, however, (God be in my head, Open thou mine eyes, and A prayer of Saint Patrick) reflect my love of the a cappella medium.

Songlist: First Movement: Allegro vivace , Second Movement: Andante, Third Movement: Vivace e ritmico , O clap your hands , All things bright and beautiful, The Lord is my shepherd, A Gaelic Blessing, For The Beauty Of The Earth, Praise ye the Lord, God be in my head, Open thou mine eyes, A prayer of Saint Patrick, The Lord bless you and keep you

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7903c | 1 CD | $9.98 | Some a cappella


Cambridge Singers : The John Rutter Collection : 00  1 CD : John Rutter : DCA472622.2

Cambridge Singers : The John Rutter Collection

The music on "Collection" embraces both Rutter's sacred and a little of his secular work, most of it commissioned by choirs for specific occasions. "Shepherd's Pipe Carol" (1966) is the earliest piece; "Angels' carol" (1988) and "What Sweeter Music," (written in 1988 for the King's College Choir), are lovely carols. "For the Beauty of the Earth" (1980), "All things bright and beautiful" (1983), "Open Thou Mine Eyes" (1980), A choral fanfare," (1989), "A Prayer of St. Patrick," (1983), "O be joyful in the Lord," (1984), and "A Gaelic Blessing" were all commissioned by American Choirs. Two longer and more ambitious festival anthems, "Behold, the tabernacle of God" and the lovely "O praise the Lord of heaven," are favorites. Secular songs "My true love hath my heart" and "Sing a song of sixpence" exist harmoniously with excepts from Rutter's larger works, "Out of the deep," "Pie Jesu" and "The Lord is my shepherd." Rutter's work never fails to touch us, no matter if sung by any number of childrens' choirs, or by a powerful, veteran ensemble like the Cambridge Singers, whose a cappella cuts, "Open Thou Mine Eyes," "My true love hath my heart," "A choral fanfare," "A prayer for St. Patrick," "Mathew, Mark, Luke and John" and "Sing a Song of Sixpence" are standouts. Accompaniment, understated to heavy and dramatic, is provided by the City of London Sinfonia. A remarkable collection of 22 songs by one of the great composers, conducted by the master himself!

Songlist: For The Beauty Of The Earth, The Lord Is My Shepard, All Things Bright And Beautiful, Shepherd's Pipe Carol, The Lord Bless You And Keep You, Open Thou Mine Eyes, My True Love Hath My Heart, Esurients, Gloria Patri, Out Of The Deep, Pie Jesu, What Sweeter Music, A Choral Fanfare, A Prayer Of St. Patrick, O Be Joyful In The Lord, Behold, The Tabernacle Of God, O Praise The Lord Of Heaven, A Gaelic Blessing, Angel's Carol, Matthew, Mark, Luke, And John, Sing A Song Of Sixpence, Go Forth Into The World Of Peace

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7993c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Some a cappella


Polyphony : John Rutter - Requiem and other Sacred Music : 00  1 CD : Stephen Layton : 66947

Polyphony : John Rutter - Requiem and other Sacred Music

John Rutter composed his Requiem in 1985. The work follows the precedents of Brahms and Faure in using carefully selected texts in place of much of the standard Missa Pro defunctis sequence. The resulting composition has an arch-like formal structure within which is contained some of Rutter's most haunting (and, in the case of 'The Lord is my shepherd', well known) choral music to date. Also included are two items from the Birthday madrigals collection composed in honour of the jazz pianist George Shearing, and eight further sacred works. The double-choir Hymn to the Creator of Light is a wonderful composition, far removed from the romantic style with which Rutter has sometimes been associated; 'A disc to delight all those who admire Rutter's choral writing. Full of delights and with something for everyone. Certainly a must!' (Organists' Review)

Songlist: Requiem, Requiem aeternam, Out of the deep, Pie Jesu with ROSA MANNION soprano, Sanctus, Agnus Dei , The Lord is my shepherd, Lux aeterna with ROSA MANNION soprano, Hymn to the Creator of Light, God be in my head, A Gaelic Blessing, Cantate Domino, Open thou mine eyes, A Prayer of Saint Patrick, A Choral Fanfare, Draw on, sweet night, My true love hath my heart, The Lord bless you and keep you

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7991c | 1 CD | $17.98 | Accompanied


Individual Folios

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A Gaelic Blessing : SATB : John Rutter : John Rutter :  1 CD : 9780193416734

John Rutter : A Gaelic Blessing

John Rutter's enduringly popular Gaelic Blessing is presented here with commentary and performance hints from the composer. Rutter's setting of William Sharp's uplifting words is serene, tender, and beautiful in its simplicity.

Composer: John Rutter

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.70 |
9780193416734


A Gaelic Blessing : SSA : John Rutter : John Rutter : Sheet Music : 9780193416901

John Rutter : A Gaelic Blessing

John Rutter's enduringly popular setting of William Sharp's uplifting words is serene, tender, and beautiful in its simplicity.

Composer: John Rutter

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.70 |
9780193416901


A Gaelic Blessing : Unison : John Rutter : John Rutter : Sheet Music : 9780193416918

John Rutter : A Gaelic Blessing

John Rutter's enduringly popular setting of William Sharp's uplifting words is serene, tender, and beautiful in its simplicity.

Composer: John Rutter

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Voicing: Unison | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
9780193416918

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