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Agnus Dei, from Mass of the Children - click for larger image
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click here - Rutter, John 1945-
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click here - Noble, Paul 1935- (Photo:
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Title Agnus Dei, from Mass of the Children
Article no. 4102218
Category Concert/wind/brass band
Subcategory Wind music and choir
Instrumentation Ha (concert/wind band); Chor (adlib); Kndchor (ablib)
Instrumentation/info Concert Band, Optional Chorus and Children's Chorus
Format PrtStm (full score and parts); Download
Country of publication USA (us)
Publisher * Fields with a star (*) are only visible for club members after registrationclick here
Year of publication 2018
Price 84.27 EUR suggested
Composer Rutter, John
Lyricist Blake, William
Arranger Noble, Paul
Difficulty level 2
Duration 6:00
Additional info/contents Mass of the Children represents something new in the composer’s work insofar as it was conceived with an integral role for a children’s choir alongside an adult mixed choir, two soloists, and orchestra (now band). The role of the children’s choir is to add a further dimension to the traditional Latin Mass sung by the adult choir, sometimes commenting, sometimes amplifying the meaning and mood. The William Blake (1757-1827) poem, "The Lamb", featured in this movement, is a poignant message relating to the precious lives of our children. As with so many of John Rutter's compositions, words are only a part of the focal point. His musical understanding, sense of melody, harmony and orchestration are often fully capable of telling the story even without the text.

In the setting for band alone, the children's choir part is set for solo trumpet, and the darker beginning (Agnus Dei, miserere nobis) is further enhanced by muted brass and the pulsating heartbeat of the bass drum, felt, but rarely heard.

The tragic deaths that occurred at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have touched the lives of so many people that the arranger is privileged to have the support of both John Rutter and Oxford University Press in the dedication of this piece to Alexander Kaminsky and the students of Stoneman Douglas High School Bands.

Complete work (5 movements) available here.

Vocal score available here.
Track title Duration Sound sample
Agnus Dei (Band and Chorus) 6:00 click here
Agnus Dei (Band alone) 6:00 click here
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