- Series: Oxford Choral Classics
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 19, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0193436957
- ISBN-13: 978-0193436954
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oxford Choral Classics: European Sacred Music
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Re: Passiontide Masterworks (Faber) - 'The selection is certainly worth singing, though it's a pity that there is such an overlap with the Oxford Choral Classics anthology of European Sacred Music which has 13 times as much music for under three times the price.' Early Music Review, Feb
'The volume is another formidable achievement: legible, usable, clear in intention and execution . . . its combination of established masterpieces with lesser-known delights should appeal to church and concert choirs alike.' The Singer
About the Author
John Rutter was born in London in 1945 and studied music at Clare College, Cambridge. His compositions embrace choral, orchestral, and instrumental music, and he has edited or co-edited various choral anthologies, including four Carols for Choirs volumes with Sir David Willcocks and the Oxford Choral Classics series. From 1975 to 1979 he was Director of Music at Clare College, and in 1981 he formed his own choir, the Cambridge Singers. He now divides his time between composition and conducting and is sought after as a guest conductor for the world's leading choirs and orchestras.
Top customer reviews
The period covered in this volume is from about 1500 up to the twentieth century...
Sacred music from Britain appears in a separate volume.
With only one or two exceptions, only complete, self-standing compositions are included, not extracts from larger works such as masses, cantatas and oratorios.
With few exceptions, pieces wiith orchestra accompaniment (...) appear in the Sacred Choruses volume.
With one exception, choral arrangements of music not original for choir or vocal ensemble are excluded, as is music in less than four voice parts.
Advent, Christmas and Epiphany motets appear in a separate volume and are excluded. (From page iv of the preface)
Now that we've listed what isn't included... well... what IS included is simply fantastic. I can't think of a more useful volume for concert or high-church choirs. The efficiency of purchasing a collection over individual octavos should not be overlooked. The average price of choral octavos these days is about $2.00. With a volume like this, you couldn't even copy (from a legal source, of course) these pieces so cheaply.
This volume makes a lovely gift for choral singers, too.