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A Healing Touch – John Rutter Interviewed by Jeremy Siepmann

April 11, 2011


In his native England, John Rutter is most famous for his Christmas carols. His prolific, and varied, output, however, reaches far beyond these. While by no means spurning the present, his music is audibly rooted in the past—often in the ancient past. Carols, after all, form the oldest vernacular choral literature in English music. ‘Back in the 15th century,’ Rutter points out, ‘all other sacred music was in Latin.’ Educated at Highgate School in London, where a close friend was fellow-pupil John Tavener, his formative teachers included Martindale Sidwell and Edward Chapman. But even then, he didn’t confine himself to the present. Apart from his teachers, I wondered, who influenced him most as a composer? Who were his principal role models?
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