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A Clare Benediction (SATB)

SATB; Accompanied; Unaccompanied

An easy anthem with words and music by John Rutter. There are four different versions of the vocal parts – unison (or two-part) with keyboard, upper voices with keyboard, SA and Men with piano, or SATB unaccompanied or with keyboard.

An orchestral accompaniment compatible with the SATB version, SA/Men version, and the unison version (although the orchestral parts are a semitone higher for the latter two) is available to hire at the OUP link below. Also available in John Rutter Anthems.

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Audio sample

Duration: 3.5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Published: 02 April 1998
ISBN: 9780193511521

Programme notes

This piece was written in honour of Clare College Cambridge, where John Rutter was Director of Music from 1975-79…

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Mass of the Children

and other sacred music

The Cambridge Singers | Cantate Youth Choir | City of London Sinfonia | Joanne Lunn (soprano) | Roderick Williams (baritone)
John Rutter (conductor)

Rutter’s Mass of the Children was written in response to a desire to compose a work that would bring children and adults together, in the same way that performances of Britten’s War Requiem had done for him when a school chorister. In five movements, the work has rapidly been taken up by choirs the world over. Also on the album are several previously unrecorded anthems and motets.

Joanne Lunn soprano
Roderick Williams baritone

Track list

  1. Mass of the Children: Kyrie
  2. Mass of the Children: Gloria
  3. Mass of the Children: Sanctus and Benedictus
  4. Mass of the Children: Agnus Dei
  5. Mass of the Children: Finale (Dona nobis pacem)
  6. Look at the world
  7. To every thing there is a season
  8. Wings of the morning
  9. A …

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