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Hymn to the Creator of Light

First line:
Glory be to thee, O Lord, glory be to thee
composer
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
translator of text
Andrewes text
author of text
'Light, who dost my soul enlighten', translated by Catherine Winkworth
translator of text
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

Recordings

Advent at St Paul's
CDH55463
Journey into light – Music for Advent & Christmas
Studio Master: SIGCD269Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Rutter: Requiem & other choral works
CDA30017Hyperion 30th Anniversary series
Rutter: Requiem & other choral works
CDA66947

Details

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

Track-specific metadata for CDA66994 track 12

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-97-99412
Duration
8'04
Recording date
26 June 1997
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Advent at St Paul's (CDA66994)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: September 1997
    Deletion date: December 2011
    Superseded by CDH55463
  2. Advent at St Paul's (CDH55463)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: October 2012
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