The Gift of Life

Six Canticles of Creation

John Rutter
Vocal score
In stock


for mixed choir (double choir for movement 3) with orchestra or chamber ensemble
The Gift of Life is a six-movement choral celebration of the living earth and its creation. Setting a variety of sacred texts, including new words by the composer, the work includes the mystical 'Hymn to the Creator of Light', for double choir, as its central canticle. The surrounding movements offer a kaleidoscope of moods, from the spirited 'O all ye works of the Lord' to the majestic 'O Lord, how manifold are thy works' and culminating in the inspirational 'Believe in life'. The accompaniment is available in two versions: full orchestra or chamber ensemble.
Orchestral material is available on hire/rental.


  • 1. O all ye works of the Lord
  • 2. The tree of life
  • 3. Hymn to the Creator of Light
  • 4. O Lord, howmanifold are thy works
  • 5.The gift of each day
  • 6. Finale: Believe in life

Additional Information

Item Number: 9780193411500
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 88
Duration: 42 Mins
Publication Date: 27/08/2015
Format: 279x216
Voices: SATB
Force: Mixed choir (double choir mvmt 3) & orchestra/chamber ensemble
Instrumentation: 2fl, 2ob, 2cl, 2bsn, 4hn, 3tpt, 3tbn, tba, timps, perc (2 players), hp, strings (full orchestra) OR timps, perc, harp, pno, org. (chamber version)
Level of difficulty: C-D


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