John Rutter is one of the most prolific and accomplished choral composers alive. Many years ago, I had the honor of singing his Requiem under his direction, and I’ve sung or directed many of his other works. But if Rutter did only one composition in his life, he could have stopped with For the Beauty of the Earth and died happy.
As a professional musician, you do thousands of works of music in a career, but some are so much a part of the canon you return to them. They always inspire you, always feel like home. For The Beauty of the Earth is one of those works for me.
Take the link and listen to the Cambridge Singers under Rutter’s direction, with his orchestration, doing this beautiful, touching work. You’ll have a better week.