Movement 1: Majestic
Movement 2: A little slower
Movement 3: Slow
Movement 4: Fast and rhythmic
Movement 5: Slow and expressive
Movement 6: Fast – Broad and majestic – Fast
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
O sons and daughters, let us sing!
The King of Heaven, the glorious king,
O’er death today rose triumphing.
The variations are as follows:
4: Majestic theme on solo trumpet
5: A little slower theme on pedal reeds
6: Slow theme in high register, on solo stop; quasi-ostinato pedal
7: Fast and rhythmic theme in diminution
8: Slow and expressive B flat minor; theme varied, on solo stops
9: Fast — theme on trumpet, below toccata-like figuration
Broad and majestic — reeds
Fast theme on solo tuba
The work was given its first performance, by Ray and Beth Chenault (to whom it is dedicated), on 31 July 1983, at Washington National Cathedral, USA. Rutter’s title suggests something a little ‘churchy’, yet the music has much in common with the other works in this programme, especially the toccata-like figuration of the faster variations and the ‘bluesy’ harmony of the slow ones.
from notes by Relf Clark © 2004