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Distant Land

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John Rutter

John Rutter (arr. Paul Noble)

Subtitle: Prayer for Freedom

General Info

Year: 1991 / 2000 / 2012
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Choir
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Harp (optional)

Chorus (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Distant Land was originally written in 1991 as a choral piece inspired by the release of Nelson Mandela from prison. Rutter was encouraged to make a purely orchestral version, from which this band arrangement has been adapted. Distant Land will surely become a tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela, who was a leader of the anti-apartheid movement who eventually became South Africa's first black president to be elected in a fully democratic election.

Rutter says, "Listeners who know the original version may miss the texts; but looking at it another way, your imagination can be set free with no words to constrain you and tell you what the music is about."

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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