The second of two Rutter anthems celebrating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, Give the king thy judgements, O God is a ceremonial work that draws upon the Book of Psalms alongside text written by the composer to create a suitably festive piece. Although the prevailing mood is jubilant, the closing pages provide a prayerful moment as Orlando Gibbon’s gentle hymn tune ‘Song 1’ is interpolated to great effect. This anthem is featured on Rutter’s highly-acclaimed CD The Gift of Life.
A trumpet in C part is included in the vocal score, and a B flat trumpet part is available separately from OUP
Orchestration: 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, timp, perc, glock, hp, str