What Sweeter Music
I refer to the John Rutter piece of that name. The chorus I sing with is performing it at our holiday concert.
Here’s a clip of the St. Olaf Chapel Choir performing the piece.
The harmonies are so exquisitely voiced and the modulations built so tightly into the vocals that I’d be curious to hear a gospel group like the Martins see what they could do with it. Think an arrangement along the lines of their acapella-hymns style.
The sacred-music purists would probably go into cardiac arrest on the spot, but it ain’t such a stretch for those of us who believe one of the signatures of sg is close harmony. Plus, it’s about that time of year when I need to remind you to gird yourself for bad Christmas music, so anywhere you can find alternatives to the 17-millionth rendition of O Holy Night, the better, I say. Just trying to do my part …
Update: In response to commenter Judi’s request, here’s a link to the chorus.Email this Post