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Shepherd's Pipe Carol

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John Rutter

John Rutter (arr. Paul Noble)

Subtitle: For Wind Band and Chorus

General Info

Year: 1966 / 2012
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $3.85


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute 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
Percussion, including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Anyone who listens to the radio or attends a concert during the holiday season will certainly hear this carol, as it has become one of John Rutter's most popular. This arrangement is written and intended for combined wind band and chorus.

- Program Note from publisher

The Shepherd's Pipe Carol was composed by John Rutter in 1966 when he was 18 and studying as an undergraduate at Clare College at the University of Cambridge. Rutter stated that he believed his inspiration for writing it came from when he sang as a boy soprano during the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors and heard pipe music as the title character headed for Bethlehem with the Biblical Magi.

The carol was first performed by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge conducted by Rutter at a Christmas concert. It was Rutter's first composition to be published.

Prior to the breakup of the Soviet Union, choirs in the Baltic states reportedly circulated photocopies and faxes of the "Shepherd's Pipe Carol" to be sung as a sign of resistance to Soviet control.[3][6]

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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