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What Sweeter Music (arr Noble)

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John Rutter

John Rutter (arr. Noble)

Subtitle: For Combined Wind Band and Chorus

General Info

Year: 1988 / 2012
Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
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



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Perhaps John Rutter's most famous and popular carol is What Sweeter Music.

The first verse of this carol is:

What sweeter music can we bring
Than a carol, for to sing
The birth of this our heavenly King?
Awake the voice! Awake the string!

- Program Note from publisher

The ravishing What Sweeter Music? (1988) was written for the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, and its director of music Stephen Cleobury for performance during the college’s Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols which is broadcast around the world on Christmas Eve. What sweeter music? (with words by the poet Robert Herrick) represented, says Rutter, "… the first opportunity I had to put pen to paper for the choir in my long and friendly association with King’s College. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to write for the slot in the service immediately after the reading about the journey of the Wise Men—the chance to highlight in the text the idea of the gifts that we can bring."

- Program Note by Andrew Green


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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