Rutter’s music captures the varied moods of Shakespeare’s words, with their rapture, sorrow, humour, and vitality, in a way that makes these classic madrigal texts come alive for contemporary audiences. These pieces may be performed individually or as a five-movement suite. 1, 4, and 5 are also published for upper voices and keyboard as Three Birthday Madrigals.
1. It was a lover and his lass
2. Draw on sweet night
3. Come live with me
4. My true love hath my heart
5. When daisies pied Birthday Madrigals can be heard on Feel the Spirit