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Music of 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 co-edited various choral anthologies including four Carols for Choirs volumes with Sir David Willcocks and the Oxford Choral Classics series. From 1975-9 he was Director of Music at Clare College, and in 1981 formed his own choir, the Cambridge Singers, a professional chamber choir primarily dedicated to recording.

He now divides his time between composition and conducting, and has guest-conducted or lectured at many concert halls, universities, churches, music festivals, and conferences in Europe, Scandinavia, and North America. He is an honorary Fellow of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, a Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians, and in 1996 was awarded a Lambeth Doctorate of Music.
In a 2009 interview, Rutter discussed his understanding of "genius" and its unique ability to transform lives - whether that genius is communicated in the form of music or other mediums. He likened the purity of music to that of mathematics, and even connected the two with a reference to the discoveries of the early Greeks that frequencies of harmonic pitches are related by whole-number ratios. Rutter's music is very popular, particularly in the USA (NBC's Today Show called him "the world's greatest living composer and conductor of choral music"). And from a review in the London Evening Standard (25/09/2005): "For the infectiousness of his melodic invention and consummate craftsmanship, Rutter has few peers."
Partita - John Rutter                                                                                   View    21:00       Adv.          US$200.00           Purchase
​arranged by Paul Noble
1. Vivace                                                                    
2. Aria (Lento)
3. Finale 

Performed by the Birmingham (U. K.) Symphonic Winds, Keith Allen, Conductor.
"Xylophones ahoy! John Rutter's "Partita" of 1976, is not a piece you might necessarily have expected from the renowned composer of some of the classics of contemporary sacred choral music." Yet this is a giant of a piece that allows everyone in the ensemble to truly shine, and one which surely will become a significant addition to the repertoire of the Concert Band. With hints of Gershwin, and filled with joy, majesty, wonder, and power, it will excite your ensemble and capture your audience. The original orchestra composition was written for, and dedicated to, the London Junior Orchestra.

Distant Land - John Rutter                                                                      View       6:10     Med/Easy      US$75.00           Purchase
arranged by Paul Noble                                                                                                                                  
 Performed by the Birmingham (U. K.) Symphonic Winds, Keith Allen, Conductor.
"Distant Land" was originally written in 1991 as a choral piece inspired by the release of Nelson Mandela from prison.  Rutter was encouraged to make a purely orchestral version, from which this band arrangement has been adapted.  Rutter says: "Listeners who know the original versions may miss the texts, but looking at it another way, your imagination can be set free with no words to constrain you and tell you what the music is 'about'".  "Distant Land" will surely become a tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela, who was a leader of the anti-apartheid movement who eventually became South Africa's first black president to be elected in a fully democratic election.
Distant Land, Version for                                                                         View       6:10     Med/Easy      US$75.00           Purchase       
combined Wind Band and Chorus
John Rutter; arranged by Paul Noble

This version of "Distant Land" (A Prayer for Peace) is adapted from the original orchestra/chorus score by John Rutter.  It is written for combined Wind Band and Chorus, but also may be performed by Wind Band alone.  Anyone desiring to pay tribute to the life, leadership, and inspiration of Nelson Mandela will find this a most moving, stirring, and timely addition to a concert program. 

The choral part is shown in the conductor's score, but is not a part of the download. The arrangement is compatible with the published
vocal score X167, ISBN 9780193429680, available to buy from
Oxford University Press or the Press' international sales agent(s).
Behold, Go Forth and Be Joyful!                                                            View       9:30        Adv.          US$100.00           Purchase 
adapted and arranged by Paul Noble 
 1.  Behold, the tabernacle of God 

2.  Go forth into the world in peace

 3.  O be joyful in the Lord

See the world premiere concert from Birmingham, England,
Nov. 10, 2012:

These three magnificent compositions of John Rutter have been combined into a "triptych", a suite of three movements. The first movement is written for antiphonal brass, with the trumpets and trombones playing from the rear or balcony of the concert hall, surrounding the audience in sound, and in effect, placing them "in the tabernacle of God". The second movement is written mainly for woodwinds, horns, and low brass, rendering a rich, warm, and beautifully peaceful mood as the title depicts. The final movement is literally bouncing with joy, with plenty of sparkle from xylophone and upper woodwinds.

John Rutter's compositions are in a class by themselves, and this adaptation is sure to find its way into the repertoire of outstanding bands around the world. 

VISIONS, in four movements                            Listen         View       18:10        Med.         US$210.00  (complete)     Purchase
VISIONS is one of John Rutter's most recent compositions (2016). It was written for violin solo, treble voice choir, strings and harp. This arrangement maintains the violin solo as an option, but it is presented as a flute (and optionally with the 3rd  movement for alto flute) solo with Concert Band. The harp is covered in vibraphone.
The vocal parts are shown in the score as an option, but are not part of the download.  The arrangement is scored so that it may be performed without the treble choir.
VISIONS is a tribute to Jerusalem, with the four movements titled: : 1. Jerusalem the blessed; 2. Arise, shine; 3. Lament for Jerusalem; 4. Finale: The holy city. A showcase for the soloist, the depth of meaning and feeling in this music will make it an important addition to the repertoire of the Concert/Wind Band. VISIONS may be purchased as a complete suite of four movements, and also as four separate movements.  The audio files are doubly presented  with and without the treble choir.  
VISIONS 1.  Jerusalem the blessed                Listen     Listen w/choir        View         2:45       Med.      US$50.00   Purchase
VISIONS 2.  Arise, shine                                  Listen     Listen w/choir        View         4:11       Med.      US$60.00   Purchase      
VISIONS 3.  Lament for Jerusalem              Listen     Listen w/choir        View         5:41       Med.      US$75.00   Purchase
VISIONS 4. Finale: The holy city                 Listen     Listen w/choir        View         5:30       Med.      US$70.00   Purchase
​When Icicles Hang, in six movements  (Score = 152 pgs.)                 20:00  Med to Adv.  US$275.00 (complete) Purchase
John Rutter received an early commission for a piece of music that was "seasonal" for winter, though not necessarily linked to the Christian traditions of Christmas, in the early '70s. The request came from his friend Russell Burgess, a well-known conductor in the English musical scene and head of the Wandsworth School Boys' Choir through the '60s and '70s. Rutter responded with a six-movement work for orchestra, boys' choir, and mixed chorus, called When Icicles Hang. He chose his texts, characteristically, from Elizabethan and other early English poetry, each text dealing with images from the wintery season, be they the cold, ice-bound landscape and its winds; an older man's weariness in the face of the season; or the contrapuntal pleasures of ale and "honey love" for those safely inside on winter nights.  With sparkling orchestration which has been faithfully set for Concert/Wind Band, the work may be performed with chorus as originally written, or may be performed effectively by band alone.  
When Icicles Hang 1. Icicles (Shakespeare)                      Listen  Listen w/choir  View  4:00  Med            US$50.00  Purchase
When Icicles Hang 2. Winter Nights (Campion)            Listen  Listen w/choir  View  2:16  Med/Adv.  US$50.00  Purchase
When Icicles Hang 3. Good ale (15th Century)               Listen  Listen w/choir  View  2:32  Med/Adv.  US$50.00  Purchase
When Icicles Hang 4. Blow, blow, thou winter wind  Listen  Listen w/choir  View  3:45  Med.           US$50.00  Purchase
When Icicles Hang 5. Winter wakeneth all my care     Listen  Listen w/choir  View  5:10  Med. Adv. US$50.00  Purchase
When Icicles Hang 6. Hay, ay (15th Century)                  Listen  Listen w/choir  View  2:15  Med/Adv.  US$50.00  Purchase
​Birthday Madrigals (Complete: mvmts. 1, 3, and 5)                                                                9:30  Med.     US$150.00 Purchase 
Birthday Madrigals 1.               Listen (Band and Choir)  Listen (Band alone)    View   2:30  Med          US$60.00  Purchase
Birthday Madrigals 3.               Listen (Band and Choir)  Listen (Band alone)    View   3:45  Med.         US$60.00  Purchase
Birthday Madrigals 5.               Listen (Band and Choir)  Listen (Band alone)    View   3:10  Med.         US$60.00  Purchase 
Birthday Madrigals was written in 1995 to celebrate the seventy-fifth birthday of the great jazz pianist, George Shearing. 
This arrangement is written for combined band and choir, but may be performed by band alone. In honour of George
Shearing's noted style, a vibes part has been added to this arrangement, as well as an optional piano part. The original
setting was a suite of five movements. The arranger has chosen three of the movements, numbers 1, 3 and 5, because of
their similarity in style. This is a special opportunity for Concert Bands, or combined Concert Bands and Choirs, to
perform in a true jazz medium, featuring a set drummer and string bass along with the full band.
Gloria, in three movements                                                        ca. 17:15      Adv.              US$200.00 (complete)   Purchase
Gloria is one of Rutter's most ambitious concert works, and its premiere was the occasion for his first visit to the US, in May, 1974. Rutter himself sees this work as analogous to a symphony, with three movements— allegro vivace, andante, vivace e ritmico--i.e., fast, slow, fast, in common with symphonic practice, and, says Rutter, "exalted, devotional and jubilant by turns". As with many of Noble’s arrangements of John Rutter’s compositions, this work is written for combined Chorus and Concert Band, but may be performed by Concert Band alone.
​Performed in concert by the "Stadtmusik Zurich" and "Akademischer Chor Zurich", Niki Wuthrich, Director
Gloria I                                                                     Listen          View             4:45       Adv.              US$75.00                        Purchase

Gloria II                                                                   Listen          View             6:50       Adv.              US$75.00                         Purchase

Gloria III                                                                  Listen         View             5:30       Adv.              US$75.00                         Purchase
The Gift of Life (Complete)                                                     ca. 40:00 Med. Easy to Adv.  US$300.00 (complete)        Purchase
"The Gift of Life" was written early in 2015 as a commission to honour a retiring Minister of Music at a church in Dallas, Texas. In planning this piece, John Rutter has stated: "In 1985 I had written a Requiem - which, like any Requiem, inevitably reflects on death - why not write the opposite, a work celebrating life? Unlike a Requiem, where a set form of words is laid down in Catholic liturgy, no framework exists for a celebration of life, and I had to choose (and in three cases, write) texts which were appropriate to a theme rarely expressed in music since Haydn's wondrous oratorio The Creation in 1798." The six movements reflect different facets of the miracles of creation and of life. This arrangement is written for combined Concert Band and Chorus, but may be performed by Concert Band alone.
The Gift of Life 1. O all ye works of the Lord                           Listen    View            8:40       Adv.             US$70.00    Purchase
The text for this first movement is taken from the Canticle of the Three Holy Children from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer: "O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise him and magnify him for ever," and ends with a stunning setting of the Doxology. 
The Gift of Life 2. The tree of life                                               Listen    View           6:15       Med.             US$60.00    Purchase    
The text for this second movement is taken from Joshua Smith (1760–1795), an early American hymn compiler and Baptist minister in New Hampshire, USA. Smith authored Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs, a book of hymns first published in 1784 featuring and popularizing well-known folk songs such as "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree".
The Gift of Life 3. Hymn to the Creator of Light                 Listen    View           7:30       Med.              US$70.00    Purchase
The text for this movement is taken from Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626): "Glory be to thee, O Lord, glory be to thee, Creator of the visible light, the sun's rays, the flame of fire.  Creator also of the light invisible and intellectual, That which is known of God, the light invisible."; and from J. Franck (1618-77): "Light, who dost my soul enlighten; Sun, who all my life dost brighten; Joy, the sweetest man e'er knoweth; Fount, whence all my being floweth."  The music contains one of the most dramatic and powerful crescendos to express "the sun's rays, the flame of fire".
The Gift of Life 4. O Lord, how manifold are thy works  Listen    View           8:10      Med/Adv      US$70.00    Purchase
"O Lord, how manifold are thy works" is a joyful and comforting work that gives strength, power and depth of meaning to the words of Psalm 104, climaxed by the chorale setting of Rutter's words, "For all the gifts of God's creation fashioned by his mighty hand: Earth and heaven, and all things living springing up at his command; To God on high be endless glory, praise and honour to his Name, Who was, and is, and ever shall be, through eternity the same." The richness of the music itself tells the story, even without the words.
The Gift of Life 5. The gift of each day                                 Listen    View           3:20      Med/Easy     US$50.00    Purchase
"The gift of each day" is the fifth movement of "The Gift of Life", and its gentle, contemplative nature is contained equally in the text and the music. The text by John Rutter suggests that this piece can stand alone as well as being an important part of the whole suite: "The gift of each day rising out of darkness; the promise of light and the birth of new life, the dawn of new hope and a new beginning, if we turn to the light."
The Gift of Life 6. Believe in life                                                 Listen    View           5:50      Med/Easy     US$50.00    Purchase
The final movement of "The Gift of Life" is filled with hope through believing in life: "Believe in hope as a flame ever burning;Believe in hope, like the springtime returning; Believe in hope, lift your eyes up unto the hills, whence come our help from the Lord, the Lord who made the heaven and earth."  The music ends beautifully with solemnity, reflection, and quietude.
Feel the Spirit                                                   View                       ca. 30:00      Med./Adv.    US$250.00 (complete)   Purchase
"Feel the Spirit" is a collection of seven spirituals originally arranged for mezzo-soprano, choir and orchestra, now which have been arranged for mezzo-soprano, choir and Concert Band, and which can be performed by Band alone.  All the pieces are familiar spirituals, skillfully and delightfully scored with optional audience participation to 'bring down the house'.  The moods go from exuberant Dixieland with optional clarinet and trombone ad lib solos to a somber and dark mood, conjuring up the depth of feelings for which the spirituals are noted.  This will be a great concert closer.  The music is available either as a complete suite of seven pieces, or as individual pieces which may be purchased separately.

The following audio files are presented both as combined band and choir, with a live performance by the Lambeth Wind Orchestra, Fulham and Hammersmith Choral Society, soprano soloist Felicity Hayward, conducted by Christopher Wray, and as a band alone performance by computer-generated audio.
                                                                         Combined band, soloist and choir       Band alone                 
1.  Joshua fit the battle of Jericho                       Listen                                  Listen       View        3:20      US$75.00              Purchase

2.  Steal away                                                        Listen                                  Listen       View        4:00      US$50.00              Purchase

3.  I got a robe                                                       Listen                                  Listen       View        2:40      US$50.00              Purchase

4.  Sometimes I feel like a motherless child     Listen                                  Listen       View        5:00      US$50.00              Purchase

5.  Ev'ry time I feel the spirit                              Listen                                  Listen       View        4:20      US$50.00              Purchase

6.  Deep River                                                       Listen                                  Listen        View       5:30      US$50.00              Purchase

7.  When the saints go marching in                   Listen                                  Listen        View      4:35       US$50.00             Purchase
Magnificat (Complete in seven movements)                                                        ca. 40:00         US$395.00                     Purchase
This file contains all seven movements, separately.  If combined, the score alone would comprise 154 pages.  The arranger felt that it would be easier to maintain the movements separately rather than all together. 
Magnificat 1. Magnificat anima mea              Listen                                 View           7:10          US$150.00                    Purchase

Magnificat 2. Of a Rose, a lovely Rose           Listen                                 View           5:00          US$50.00                      Purchase 

Magnificat 3.  Quia fecit mihi magna             Listen                                 View           5:17          US$50.00                      Purchase

 Magnificat 4.  Et misericordia                         Listen                                 View           4:35         US$50.00                       Purchase 

Magnificat 5.  Fecit potentiam                         Listen                                  View           3:36         US$50.00                       Purchase

Magnificat 6.  Esurientes                                  Listen                                   View          6:25         US$50.00                      Purchase

Magnificat 7.  Gloria Patri                                Listen                                   View          5:00         US$75.00                      Purchase 
Magnificat comprises seven movements of John Rutter’s setting of the biblical canticle Magnificat, completed in 1990. Rutter was inspired by "jubilant celebrations of Mary in Hispanic cultures" and conceived the work as a "bright Latin-flavoured fiesta". In countries such as Spain, Mexico and Puerto Rico, feast days of the Virgin are joyous opportunities to take to the streets and celebrate with singing, dancing and processions. This arrangement for combined Concert Band and Chorus may also be performed by band alone, and is a faithful representation of the original composition.   The performance heard here is by the Accademia Musicale Dodekachordon, Verona, Italy, Paolo Facincani, Director.  A second performance was videotaped and is now on YouTube, the 1st movement of which you can see the magnificent Italianesque church where the performance was held: https://youtu.be/22zWDKnn2RI . 
Gloria Patri, from "Magnificat"               Listen                                 View          5:00      Adv.      US$75.00            Purchase
​Performed by the Birmingham Symphonic Winds(UK), Keith Allen, Conductor.
The final movement of John Rutter's "Magnificat" inspired Keith Allen, Conductor of the Birmingham Symphonic Winds (UK) to suggest it as a perfect candidate for a Concert Band piece.  With approval from John Rutter, this setting captures his inspiration of the "jubilant celebrations of Mary in Hispanic cultures" and he conceived the work as a "bright Latin-flavoured fiesta".  This arrangement is for band alone, and does not contain the choral score.  It differs from Magnificat 7. Gloria Patri in that the arrangement is lowered by one-step to present it in a 'more friendly' band key.
​Te Deum                Listen (Band alone)   Listen (Band and Chorus)  View    7:30            Med.           US$85.00           Purchase
Seven minutes of jubilation! John Rutter, one of the world's most revered composers, has given us a lively and jubilant setting of this inspiring text of thanksgiving. This arrangement for combined band and chorus may be performed by band alone. As with many of Rutter’s pieces, the music alone says it all. It is extremely functional, straightforward, and accessible. Whenever a powerful piece of praise and thanksgiving is desired, Te Deum will make an outstanding choice. Don't miss this exciting arrangement from this outstanding composer!
Give the king thy judgments, O God       Listen                        View          7:10       Med. Adv.     US$70.00          Purchase  
This work was composed by John Rutter to mark the colourful commemoration of the landmark event in the history of justice and freedom, the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta on June 15, 2015. The prevailing mood of the piece is festive, but a prayerful moment before the closing pages is Orlando Gibbons lovely hymn-tune 'Song 1', to new words expressing the theme of the occasion. In this arrangement, there is the flexibility of performing it with combined band and chorus, or by band alone, and with the added option of having the band sing the Gibbons hymn-tune.
Psalm 150                                                                Listen                       View           5:37        Adv.              US$70.00        Purchase
"Psalm 150" was composed for the Golden Jubilee Service for HM The Queen, 4 June 2002. With the premiere performance in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, the composer wanted to capture the acoustical qualities of the cathedral by placing three soprano soloists high in the dome, from which they sang as a trio at key points in the music. This arrangement, when performed by Concert Band alone, has that part written for three solo trumpets to be placed in the rear or balcony of the concert hall. The work is filled with pageantry and ceremony, ending with the sound of cathedral bells ringing dramatically over the powerful scoring for band.
All Bells in Paradise                                       Listen                   View               5:20       Easy               US$50.00       Purchase
"All bells in paradise" was written for the 2012 Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols held each Christmas Eve at King's College. For this, John Rutter turned to a carol text more or less contemporary with King's Chapel itself, the 15th century Corpus Christi Carol, to which he added his own text. This arrangement is written for combined Concert Band and Chorus, but may be performed by Band alone. Bands will find this arrangement very accessible in its technical demands. Its beauty and simplicity will add to music for the Christmas season.
Lord, thou hast been our refuge                      Listen                   View              11:00       Med.             US$150.00       Purchase
 Lord, Thou hast been our refuge (2008) was written for the annual City United Guilds service in St Paul’s Cathedral for SATB choir, solo trumpet, and organ. This impressive and stately setting of verses from Psalm 90 culminates in a jubilant, maestoso final section. The arrangement is written to accompany the chorus, or may be performed by band alone. The trumpet solo is haunting, and will be a showcase for that performer. The work would suit any festive service or concert.
To every thing there is a season        Listen    Band and Chorus   View    6:00       Med/Easy         US$70.00                           Purchase
John Rutter - arranged by Paul Noble         Listen    Trumpet Solo and Band
1.  For Combined Concert band and Chorus, or
2.  For Trumpet Solo and Band

Upon first hearing this beautiful composition by John Rutter, it seemed obvious that it would not only be a great piece for combined Band and Chorus, but also would be a perfect solo for trumpet.  Therefore, this arrangement is set so that the same score and parts will work equally well with either combined band and chorus, or trumpet solo and band.  The beauty and simplicity of the piece should certainly allow it to become a mainstay in the repertoire of trumpet solos at any level. This arrangement is compatible with the published vocal score X495, ISBN 9780193362758, except that it is one-half step (one semitone) higher. X495 is available to buy from Oxford University Press or the Press’s international sales agent(s) throughout the world.

To every thing there is a season, for Brass Band    Listen         View      6:00       Med./Easy        US$70.00             Purchase 
                           Performed by the City of Birmingham Brass Band (UK), Warren Belshaw, Musical Director, Paul White, Guest soloist
Upon first hearing this beautiful composition by John Rutter, it seemed obvious that it would not only be a great piece for combined Band and Chorus, but also would be a perfect solo for cornet and Brass Band. Therefore, in addition to the arrangement for either combined band and chorus, or trumpet solo and band, this arrangement for Brass Band is now available as well . The beauty and simplicity of the piece should certainly allow it to become a mainstay in the repertoire of trumpet solos at any level. 
Five Orchestral Meditations                                                   View    17:00       Med/Easy         US$150.00           Purchase
John Rutter - arranged by Paul Noble 

 1.  What sweeter music                                              Listen

 2.  Blow, blow, thou winter wind                            Listen

 3.  Candlelight                                                             Listen

 4.  Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace​        Listen

 5.  The Lord bless you and keep you                        Listen

The "Five Orchestral Meditations" are all based on John Rutter's choral pieces, which he re-scored for orchestra, and on which these arrangements are based.  They are offered as a suite, but the audio tracks have been separated to make it easier to hear each title.  These lovely pieces will present a perfect exercise for band blending, balance, interpretation, intonation, and finesse, while offering your audience some of the typically gorgeous music for which John Rutter is so noted.  They may be performed as a suite, or as independent pieces. 

Both"Distant Land" and "Five Orchestral Meditations" can be heard in their original format on the CD entitled "Distant Land", The Orchestral Collection, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Rutter, Universal Classics 80001821-02. 
This is the Day                                                                  Listen                                    View       4:15       Med/Easy           US$50.00           Purchase 
John Rutter; arr. by Paul Noble

Commissioned by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey as a wedding gift for Prince William and Kate Middleton, this anthem was composed early in 2011, with brief that it should be about 4-5 minutes in length, for choir and organ, with a text from the psalms. The composer writes: "My first thought was that the text should embrace both rejoicing and blessing, and I chose verses from five psalms which seemed to encompass what I wanted to express on behalf of us all. My next thought was that I wanted to write music which would be welcoming in spirit to the royal couple, their families, and to the many people witnessing this happy occasion all over the world." This arrangement is taken from the setting for orchestra and chorus by the composer. The arrangement is written for combined band and chorus, but may be performed by Wind Band alone. 
Look to the Day                                                                 Listen                                   View       4:25       Med/Easy            US$50.00         Purchase
John Rutter; arr. by Paul Noble 

"Written at the invitation of Cancer Research UK for their Service of Thanksgiving in Ely Cathedral, 23rd September 2007."  
This arrangement is written for combined Concert Band and Chorus, but may be performed by Concert Band alone.
The choral part is included in the score, but it is not part of the electronic download. The choral parts may be purchased in the U.S. 
from Hinshaw Music or their affiliates. In all other territories, this arrangement is compatible with the published vocal score 
X487, ISBN 9780193360129, available to buy from Oxford University Press or the Press' international sales agent(s).
This is another of John Rutter's gorgeous melodies and a deeply moving piece.  When performed with Chorus, the words will certainly make a profound statement.

Wells Jubilate                                                         Listen                               View       4:15        Med/Easy           US$50.00         Purchase
John Rutter; arr. by Paul Noble​                            Performed in outdoor concert by the Wheaton Municipal Band, Wheaton, IL, Dr. Bruce Moss, Conductor.

This rousing Jubilate was written in 2009 for Matthew Owens and the choirs of Wells Cathedral as a companion piece to the composer's Winchester Te Deum. With its strong melody and rich textures and harmonies, this work will prove immensely popular with all lovers of Rutter's music.  The arrangement is written for combined Concert Band and Chorus, but may be performed by Concert Band alone. The choral part is included in the score, but is not part of the electronic download.  The arrangement is compatible with the published vocal score,
X505, ISBN 9780193366466, available to buy from Oxford University Press or the Press's international sales agent(s).
Bands may enjoy performing this antiphonally, placing the brass apart from the rest of the ensemble.
A Gaelic Blessing                                                                  Listen                         View      2:30         Easy                 US$50.00          Purchase
​John Rutter; arr. by Paul Noble
There are Gaelic and old Irish blessings for every occasion whether a funeral, wedding or birthday. While many of these old blessings petition or request the help or intervention of God in some way, it does not always mean that the person saying them regards him or herself as being very religious. These blessings, whether in Gaelic or English, were the way Irish people had of expressing hope, desire for a better future and solidarity with their family, friends and neighbours. (courtesy Gaelicmatters.com)
This simple arrangement offers the choices of performance with combined band and chorus, band alone, woodwinds alone, or brass alone. It also includes optionally three tolls of chimes at the beginning and ending, which make it a perfect tribute for commemoration.
 Look at the world             Listen (Band and Chorus)  Listen (Band alone)    View       4:30         Easy                  US$50.00         Purchase
 Composed in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Council for the Protection of Rural England, 'Look at the
 world' has become a favorite for children's as well as mixed choirs. The text is filled with beauty, hope, and inspiration. 
 This arrangement is intended for combined choir and band, but may be performed by band alone. It is technically not 
  overly demanding for young players.  
O Clap Your Hands                                                            Listen                     View            3:00        Med                  US$50.00          Purchase
The performance is by the Indiana University Wind Ensemble, Prof. Stephen Pratt, Conductor
Another of John Rutter's all time favorites is "O Clap Your Hands." This arrangement is written and intended for combined Wind Band and Chorus. However, it is also arranged so that it is complete with Wind Band alone.  
This arrangement is offered with the choral part shown in the score, but not as part of the instrumental packet. The arrangement is compatible with the published vocal score A307, ISBN 9780193503472, available to buy from Oxford University Press or the Press’s international sales agent(s).
The scoring is done with some cue size notations that should be played if performing without the chorus. The excitement and energy of this piece will delight your audiences as well as the performers. It even includes optional “hand claps”!
All things bright and beautiful                                  Listen                       View          2:40       Easy                    US$50.00         Purchase
​The delicate melody befitting this familiar text gains gentle momentum by a continual movement in instrumental groups, vibraphone and
optional harp.  A quintessential piece for spring from renowned composer John Rutter. This arrangement for Concert/Wind Band and Chorus
follows the original setting for small orchestra and chorus, but is also adapted to be performed by band alone.
Rejoice, the Lord is King    Listen (Band alone)  Listen (Band and Chorus)  View   3:45        Easy                    US$50.00        Purchase
This festival hymn begins with a bold introduction and includes four verses, with trumpet obbligato, soaring descant, and a concluding
fanfare, bringing the hymn to a rousing climactic ending. The piece is written for combined Concert Band and Chorus, but may be
performed by Band alone. The arrangement, without the concluding fanfare, is very easy and accessible. If necessary, the concluding
fanfare may be omitted.
Now thank we all our God                                    Listen                        View         5:30     Easy (Fanfare med.)  US$70.00      Purchase
This powerful setting by John Rutter of one of the world's most beloved hymns is a perfect vehicle for the Concert/Wind Band with
Chorus and audience participation, and may be performed by band alone.. The extended Festival Fanfare may be omitted, or may be
shortened as desired. The organ and harp parts are optional.
O God, our help in ages past                        Listen                         View        4:30     Easy (Fanfare med,)  US$50.00        Purchase
 Considered one of the finest paraphrases written by Isaac Watts , O God, Our Help in Ages Past expresses a strong note of assurance, promise, and hope as recorded in the first part of Psalm 90.  This Festive fanfare and hymn arrangement by John Rutter makes a powerful piece for combined Concert/Wind Band and Chorus, one that is a very accessible and a worthy addition to the repertoire of the Concert Band.
Down by the riverside   Listen (Band alone)  Listen (Band and Chorus)   View    4:00    Med.                           US$75.00        Purchase 
Down by the riverside is a spiritual that was sung by slaves in the South as a work song. It dates back to before the American Civil
War. John Rutter's lively arrangement of this barnstorming American folk-song builds up from a quiet opening to a triumphant
conclusion. This arrangement is a faithful adaptation of the original orchestration for chorus and orchestra, but it is arranged so that it
may be performed by band alone. The style is an authentic toe-tapping early jazz creation that relates to the 'jitterbug' era, and the
band arrangement is complete with an optional jazz clarinet solo as well as a rousing chorus by the sax section. The piano part is cued
if needed. This is a perfect opportunity to get the entire band 'swinging', and could even entice a 'One mo' time!' finale.  
I will sing with the spirit  Listen (Band alone)  Listen (Band and Chorus)  View  3:00  Med.                        US$50.00       Purchase   
This well-known piece by John Rutter is set in a subtle Latin mode, to which the arranger has enhanced by adding
castanets, maracas, claves, and congas. The arrangement is written for combined band and chorus, but may be
performed by band alone, featuring a variety of instruments carrying the melody and its harmonies. It is written onehalf
step (one semi-tone) lower than the original presentation to better accommodate band instruments.  
Mass of the Children (Complete)                                                                                  ca. 36:00       Med.     US$295.00      Purchase
NOTE: Listen and view the score page from each movement below.  The complete mass can be purchased here, or each individual movement is offered separately below. 

1.  Kyrie, from Mass of the Children     Listen (Band alone)     Listen (Band and Chorus)   View   7:25  Med/Easy     US$75.00      Purchase
Mass of the Children represents something new in the composer’s work insofar as it was conceived with an integral role for a children’s choir alongside an adult mixed choir, two soloists, and orchestra (now band). The role of the children’s choir is to add a further dimension to the traditional Latin Mass sung by the adult choir, sometimes commenting, sometimes amplifying the meaning and mood.   As with so many of John Rutter's compositions, words are only a part of the focal point. His musical understanding, sense of melody, harmony and orchestration are oftentimes fully capable of telling the story even without the text. These arrangements are written so that they may be performed with or without the voices.

2.  Gloria, from Mass of the Children  Listen (Band alone)    Listen (Band and Chorus)    View    7:10  Med.             US$75.00      Purchase 
See notes above.

3.  Sanctus and Benedictus, from Mass of the Children Listen (Band alone)  Listen (Band and Chorus)  View 7:07  Med.  US$75.00  Purchase
See notes above.

4.  Agnus Deifrom Mass of the Children  Listen (Band alone)  Listen (Band and Chorus) View    6:00   Med/Easy  US$75.00         Purchase
The William Blake (1757-1827) poem, The Lamb, featured in this movement, is a poignant message relating to the precious lives of our children. 
In the setting for band alone, the children's choir part is set for solo trumpet, and the darker beginning (Agnus Dei, miserere nobis) is further enhanced by muted brass and the pulsating heart-beat of the bass drum, felt, but rarely heard. 
The tragic deaths that occurred at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have touched the lives of so many people that the arranger is privileged to have the support of both John Rutter and Oxford University Press in the dedication of this piece to Alexander Kaminsky and the students of Stoneman Douglas High School Bands.  

5.  Finale, from Mass of the Children    Listen (Band alone)  Listen (Band and Chorus)    View    8:00 Med/Easy    US$75.00        Purchase
See notes above.
Suite Antique  (Complete)                                                                                                View    17:25   Adv.         US$275.00      Purchase  
 Suite Antique is a 1979 concertante work by John Rutter that is written for harpsichord, flute and string orchestra. Rutter composed the piece, in six movements, for a concert at which Bach's fifth Brandenburg concerto was to be performed, and so decided to write the piece for the same ensemble. This arrangement for Concert/Wind Band and Solo Flute adheres to the original presentation, but is expanded for a full band accompaniment to the solo flute. The harpsichord is optional, being cued elsewhere, but may be performed as in the original score by either harpsichord or an electronic keyboard with a similar setting. A jazz drumset is optionally included in the fourth (jazz waltz) movement, and other percussion discretely added in other movements. It is exciting to hear earlier musical forms brought into today's music appreciation, and this setting of a flute solo with band is especially refreshing for both soloist and band.
 Individual movements are also available for purchase:
           1.  Prelude                           Listen                        View             3:20           Accpt.  Med/Easy      US$50.00        Purchase         
           2.  Ostinato                         Listen                        View             1:35            Accpt. Med/Adv       US$60.00        Purchase
           3.  Aria                                 Listen                        View             3:00            Accpt. Med/Easy      US$50.00        Purchase 
           4.  Waltz                               Listen                        View             3:25            Accpt.  Med               US$75.00        Purchase
           5.  Chanson                         Listen                        View             3:25            Accpt. Med                US$65.00        Purchase 
​           6.  Rondeau                         Listen                        View             2:25            Accpt. Adv.               US$75.00        Purchase
​Requiem (Complete)                                                                  ca. 36:00             Med - Adv.             US$425.00       Purchase
John Rutter's Requiem is a musical setting of parts of the Latin Requiem with added psalms and biblical verses in English, completed in 1985. This arrangement is scored for soprano, mixed choir and Concert/Wind Band. It may be performed by band alone. Five of its seven movements are based on text from the Latin Requiem Mass, while the second movement is a setting of "Out of the deep" (Psalm 130) and the sixth movement is an anthem The Lord is my Shepherd (Psalm 23) which Rutter had earlier written. The cello solo of the second movement is maintained, but also scored as a bassoon solo. The first movement combines the Introit and Kyrie, the third is Pie Jesu, with soprano solo. The central movement is a lively Sanctus, followed by Agnus Dei and finally Lux aeterna. In the Agnus Dei and Lux aeterna, Rutter combines the liturgical Latin text with English biblical verses. The arranger has added the tolling of the bell at the end, which can be as few or as many as may be appropriate for the occasion.  The arrangement is offered as a complete set of seven movements, or each movement may be purchased separately as desired.
Requiem 1.  Requiem aeternam              Listen     View            5:40               Med.                          US$75.00        Purchase
Requiem 2.  Out of the deep                     Listen     View            5:32        Med (Bsn. solo adv.)      US$75.00        Purchase
Requiem 3.  Pie Jesu                                    Listen     View            4:00              Med.                           US$75.00        Purchase
Requiem 4.  Sanctus                                    Listen     View            2:20              Adv.                           US$75.00        Purchase
Requiem 5.  Agnus Dei                               Listen     View            6:10              Med.                           US$75.00        Purchase
Requiem 6.  The Lord is my shepherd   Listen     View            5:05              Med.                           US$75.00        Purchase
Requiem 7.  Lux aeterna                            Listen     View            7:15              Med.                           US$75.00        Purchase
All Creatures of our God and King       Listen     View            6:15              Med/Easy                  US$75.00         Purchase
​The words of the hymn were initially written by St. Francis of Assisi in 1225 in the Canticle of the Sun poem, which was based on Psalm 148.  The hymn is currently used in 179 different hymn books.   Like "Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones", Draper's text is usually set to the tune of "Lasst uns erfreuen", a German Easter hymn published  by Friedrich Spee in 1623 in his book Auserlesene Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesäng.  This tune became widespread in English hymn books starting with a 1906 arrangement by Ralph Vaughan Williams. John Rutter also wrote a piece of music for the hymn. Despite the hymn being initially written by Draper for Whitsun (the Anglican and English designation for Pentecost), it is mostly used in the earlier weeks of the Easter season.
​This setting by John Rutter begins with a rousing fanfare for trumpets and trombones, which segues into the first verse of the hymn. There are seven verses included, but the director has the option of deleting verses as desired.

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