for SATB with optional double bass and optional piano Rutter's music captures the varied moods of Shakespeare's words, with their rapture, sorrow, humour, and vitality, in a way that makes these classic madrigal texts come alive for contemporary audiences. These pieces may be performed individually or as a five-movement suite. Numbers 1, 4, and 5 are also published for upper voices and keyboard as Three Birthday Madrigals.
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.
It was a lover and his lass ; Draw on, sweet night ; Come live with me ; My true love hath my heart ; When daisies pied