Visions is a four-movement showpiece for solo violin in unique combination with upper-voice choir, harp, and strings (or organ). Inspired by the idea of ‘Jerusalem’ both as a Holy City and a utopian ideal of heavenly peace, the composer has selected four biblical texts, in English and Latin, that express different aspects of this vision. The profound subject matter is taken up in the celestial soundworld of the choir and the virtuosic, vibrant, and expressive writing for violin, set against rich textures in the strings and harp. The work may be performed by women’s or boys’ voices.
Duration: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy, Moderately Difficult
Published: 27 October 2016
Visions was the result of a most unusual invitation: to write a piece combining solo violin, string ensemble, and the boy choristers of the Temple Church choir…
An introduction to Visions, by John Rutter
Visions is a four-movement piece for solo violin, string orchestra, harp and choir of treble voices, by John Rutter