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(b 1949 )

Carl Rütti was born in 1949 and grew up in the Swiss town of Zug. After studying piano and organ at the Zürich Conservatoire, he travelled to England, where his teachers were Kendall Taylor and Richard Latham. Whilst in London he experienced English choral singing for the first time, and was impressed by its quality and high standard. He was inspired to write several pieces for a cappella choir, some of which were recorded by the choir of Brompton Oratory, London and the BBC Singers, and broadcast by the BBC. Since then he has composed a steady output of largely religious choral works including Sermon on the Mount, Songs of Love, Verena die Quelle, the 40-part motet Veni Creator Spiritus, O magnum mysterium, a Magnificat, a Stabat Mater, St Peter and St Paul and Alpha and Omega (first performed at the BBC Proms in 1999), and has worked together with many English and American choirs. His compositions also include the carol I wonder as I wander, which has been performed several times as part of the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College, Cambridge.

Rütti’s instrumental works include Pavane for violin and organ, the Montreux Wind Dances (for brass band), Metamorphosis (a concerto for euphonium and wind orchestra), Stundenbuch for piano solo, a concerto for three pianos and orchestra, and a concerto for alpenhorn and strings. As well as composing, Rütti teaches piano at the Zürich Conservatoire, gives concerts and recitals as a pianist and organist, and is the organist of the local church in Oberägeri, Zug.

A blend of the English choral tradition with other genres including jazz and the blues, in rich colourful textures, can be heard throughout Rütti’s music and his use of harmony crosses all boundaries. His compositions can best be described as French but with a strong English accent, and he often uses two keys simultaneously. Relentless, driving rhythms co-exist with quietly shimmering soundscapes.

See Interview with Carl Rütti on YouTube.

Role: Classical Composer 
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