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Hymn to the Creator of Light

First line:
Glory be to thee, O Lord, glory be to thee
1992; written for the choirs of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester Cathedral; dedicated to the memory of Herbert Howells
author of text
'Glory be to thee', translated by Alexander Whyte
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Andrewes text
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'Light, who dost my soul enlighten', translated by Catherine Winkworth
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Franck text

John Rutter (b1945) wrote his double-choir anthem Hymn to the Creator of Light for the cathedral choirs of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester and their respective conductors at that time: John Sanders, Roy Massey and Donald Hunt. The work is dedicated to the memory of Herbert Howells and was sung at the dedication of the Howells memorial window by Caroline Swash which adorns Gloucester Cathedral. This anthem occasionally uses musical gestures reminiscent of that composer’s style.

The mysterious, quasi-plainsong opening sung by the second choir is answered as if from on high by the first choir. This eventually leads to a central section, Allegro energico, in which the two choirs continue to answer each other. This subsides in turn to a quieter final section where the chorale Schmücke dich by Johann Crüger (1598–1662) is delicately reharmonized by Rutter, bringing the work to a peaceful conclusion.

from notes by William McVicker 1997


Advent at St Paul's
COLCD125Download only
Journey into light
Studio Master: SIGCD269Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Rutter: Gloria & other sacred music
CSCD515Download only
Rutter: Requiem & other choral works
CDA30017Hyperion 30th Anniversary series
Rutter: Requiem & other choral works


Track 8 on CDA30017 [6'29] Hyperion 30th Anniversary series
Track 8 on CDA66947 [6'29]
Track 12 on CDH55463 [8'04]
Track 10 on CSCD515 [7'13] Download only
Track 9 on COLCD125 [7'30] Download only
Track 21 on SIGCD269 [7'22] Download only

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