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John Rutter

John Rutter

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First broadcast: Sun 25 Dec 2005

Composer

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the composer John Rutter. He is the most celebrated and successful composer of carols alive today and this Christmas his music will be heard in concerts and churches all over the world. He is drawn to the simplicity of Christmas carols and says he loves being able to compose 'a hummable tune'.

Inspired and encouraged by his school education, he became Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge, and then with a string of winning commissions already behind him, moved into full time composition. But his relationship with composition is a difficult one - it's a process he finds isolating and says that although it does not make him happy - he feels compelled to do it. However, once he has finished a work he says nothing in the world compares with the feeling he experiences when he conducts it for the first time. He says: "I write music that people will enjoy singing. I'm not ashamed of that".

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Gustav Holst & Christina Rossetti

1.

Gustav Holst & Christina Rossetti

In the Bleak Midwinter

Performer: Gustav Holst & Christina Rossetti

Joseph Haydn

2.

Joseph Haydn

Prelude to Part 3 (from The Creation)

Composer: Joseph Haydn

Others who chose this artist

Johann Sebastian Bach

3.

Castaway's favourite

Johann Sebastian Bach

Mass in B minor - Gloria in excelsis

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Others who chose this artist

Sir William Walton

4.

Sir William Walton

Epilogue (from Henry V)

Composer: Sir William Walton

Others who chose this artist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

5.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K478 - 3rd movement

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Jack Cassidy

6.

Jack Cassidy

Almost Like Being In Love

Performer: Jack Cassidy

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Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

7.

Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor -3rd movement

Composer: Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

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The Cambridge Singers

8.

The Cambridge Singers

Keep Me as the Apple of An Eye from the Office of Compline

Performer: The Cambridge Singers

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Book

Teach yourself mathematics illustrated by voluptuous women by

Others who chose this author

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