A fable with music for narrator, mixed choir, and small orchestra, or oboe, bassoon, and piano.
This delightful work tells the story of the 14th-century Dominican mystic Heinrich Suso who, according to legend, notated the carol In dulci jubilo after it had been sung to him by a band of angels; he is unexpectedly aided by Sigismund, his donkey.
The work has been recorded by the Cambridge Singers and the City of London Sinfonia with Brian Kay (narrator), conducted by the composer. It forms part of the Christmas recording of the Three Musical Fables by John Rutter (Collegium CSCD 513).
Orchestration: 2 fl, 1 ob, 2 cl, 1 bsn, 2 hn, 1 perc, 1 hp, str OR ob, bsn, piano