for SATB and organ or brass ensemble
This Easter anthem is a triumphant setting of words by Edmund Spenser and St John Damascene for mixed choir and organ. Featuring joyful choral parts and an optional soprano solo, Most glorious Lord of life ends with a new harmonization of the Easter hymn tune 'Ellacombe', with an optional congregational part. Material for an accompaniment for brass, timpani, and organ is available on hire/rental. Featured on the CD A Song in Season, on the Collegium label.
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. John Rutter's music has been widely recorded and is available on many record labels including Universal, Naxos, and Hyperion. The Cambridge Singers have recorded many of John Rutter's works on the Collegium Records label.