Wedding Canticle – Rutter

Notes
Originally for choir, accompanied by flute and guitar. SATB, some small divisi. Could be performed with choir and piano, or with piano and flute.

This is a beautiful setting of Psalm 128. Tranquil vocal lines, accompanied by lilting, atmospheric flute, capture perfectly the optimistic nature of the text.

Duration

TO FOLLOW

Title
Wedding Canticle by John Rutter (b.1945)
Text
Blessed are all they that fear the Lord and walk in his ways.
For thou shalt eat the labours of thine hands: O well is thee, and happy shalt thou be. Thy wife shall be as the fruitful vine upon the walls of thine house.
Thy children like the olive branches round about thy table.
Lo, thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.
The Lord from out of Sion shall so bless thee: that thou shalt see Jerusalem in prosperity all thy life long.
Yea, that thou shalt see thy children’s children: and peace upon Israel.

(Psalm 128)