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Track(s) taken from CDA66947

God be in my head

author of text
Book of Hours, 1514, in English in the Sarum Primer of 1558

Polyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Recording details: January 1997
Romsey Abbey, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: June 1997
Total duration: 1 minutes 37 seconds

Cover artwork: Photograph by Derek Forss.

Other recordings available for download

St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor)
The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter (conductor)


'Here is music finely crafted, written with love for the art and an especial care for choral sound' (Gramophone)

'A radiant richness of sound.' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'A disc to delight all those who admire Rutter's choral writing. Full of delights and with something for everyone. Certainly a must!' (Organists' Review)

'Sensitive, beautifully blended singing and playing. First class' (Amazon.co.uk)
John Rutter (b1945) must rank as one of the most successful composers alive today. He was educated at Clare College in Cambridge where he was Director of Music between 1975 and 1979. He was a Lecturer at the Open University between 1975 and 1988 and was made an Honorary Fellow of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, in 1980. He is much in demand as an arranger, composer and conductor both in this country and in America. His large-scale works, Gloria (1974), Requiem (1985) and Magnificat (1990), have become some of the most widely performed of all pieces in the choral society repertoire.

His music has been described as pastiche—but this is to decry the sensitivities that he exhibits in writing a particular type of music for amateur musicians. His work is beautifully crafted, and is written sensitively for voices and instruments alike. Any composer willing to attempt a setting of words such as God be in my head, usually sung to a different and well-known tune—in this case by Walford Davies—must do so with an unshakeable conviction. This short work represents a mere shaving from the composer’s workbench in terms of numbers of bars, but nonetheless the result is a very beautiful setting of fine words from the Sarum Primer.

from notes by William McVicker © 1999

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