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Rutter "This is the Day" at the Royal Wedding- publisher?

Has anyone heard who will be publishing this anthem, and when it will be available? I searched online (and with the usual Rutter publishers) and didn't find anything. My experience with music publishers is that they try to get things out as soon as possible while they're "hot", often having them prepared to go even before the big premiere.
 
Thanks!
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on May 1, 2011 8:44am
He's usually published by Oxford (UK) and Hinshaw (US), so I'd keep checking their websites.
-Cecil Rigby
Clemson, SC
on May 2, 2011 3:14am
I actually spoke to our sales rep at Oxford in London on Friday, and they are not quite sure whether it will be Oxford or Hinshaw in the US. The piece was kept quite a secret, so the publisher had not even seen a copy until after the wedding on Friday. They are, however, trying to release it as soon as possible, and it will be published by Oxford in the UK and either Oxford or Hinshaw in the US, most likely Hinshaw.
 
CJ
 
on May 2, 2011 3:37am
It is OUP. I ran into this article:
 
 
It also lists the publisher of the Mealor "Ubi Caritas" as University of York Music Press. (That's a new one by me!)
on May 3, 2011 5:47am
Jeffrey,
 
It indeed is "published" by Oxford, but Oxford has a distribution agreement with Hinshaw in the United States to publish about 95% of John Rutter's music in the United States - so it may not be an "Oxford" publication in the US.
 
CJ
 
on July 4, 2011 2:30am
I can confirm that this will be available from Hinshaw in the US and OUP everywhere else. It will be published by the end of August from OUP but not sure the date Hinshaw have set.
Griselda Sherlaw-Johnson,
Choral Promotion Specialist
Oxford University Press
on May 3, 2011 4:51am
After listening to this setting of "This Is the Day", I'm not inclined to rush out and buy it.  As far as John Rutter's works goes, it's not one of his best (rather "ho-hum" - I was expecting something more celebrative than contemplative).  That aside, it was an honor for him to be asked to compose a piece for such an occasion.
-Bill Nordan
Minister of Music
FBC Hillsborough, NC
on May 4, 2011 2:41am
Yes, rather cheesey and typically Rutter. My wife remarked 'time for a key change?' and lo and behold one came in seconds. HOWEVER as our choir makes most of its small income from singing at weddings, I don't think we'll get a lot of choice about rushing out and buying it!
 
on May 6, 2011 5:27am
Wouldn't you think so?  The text, if I'm not mistaken, is "This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it."  Well, then, let the text "take" the music, Mr. Rutter.  While it was an honor to be asked to compose, and I understand that the Muse is not always with you in the room, this was not an inspired effort.  I hope he listened with some attention to the Mealor "Ubi caritas" - we may be hearing a major voice in church music for the future.
 
Ron
on May 4, 2011 7:17am
I agree with Bill and Derek ... this is not one of Rutter's best.  Another anthem according to the Rutter 'formula'.  It was charming for the first ten years, but now no longer has the edge it once did.  I really thought that this being most likely his last 'royal commission' he would have taken the opportunity to do something daring and wonderful, outside his zone of comfort ... a piece for all time ... like Mathias did with "Let the People Praise" for the Diana/Charles wedding.  It was Mathias, but Mathias at his very best.  More difficult than a lot of his music, but it still sold big time and a lot of choirs struggled to sing it well, and found it worth the bother.  Just a great opportunity missed.  But then, I'm sure it will help his retirement fund.  Alas!  Then there was the Mealor "Ubi Caritas" ... WOW!
on May 4, 2011 8:51am
I always find these negative comments about the work of John Rutter to be interesting and a little disappointing.  As is the case with any composer, including myself, there are always going to be compositions I like better than others, compositions that I think are better crafted than others.  There is no doubt that John Rutter has his style and formula that has worked quite well for him.  Other composers come to mind such as Aaron Copland and Randall Thompsom who had a distinctive style and compositional formula.  Whether one thinks Rutter belongs with those composers or not, you seldom see other composers critcized for formula writing as Rutter often is.  For those who like his writing, and there are many, he as made an important contribution to the choral literature. 
 
As far as the royal commission there is another way to consider it....probably because it would be his last, perhaps it wanted to then stay in his "comfort zone" and do it the best he thought possible.  What Mathias did for the Diana wedding was admirable, Rutter's piece for this wedding was also admirable and certainly appropriate for the occasion.
 
Finally, I always find comments such as "it will help his retirement fund" inappropriate.  We all want to eat and live well, even composers!!, and the inference that it was done for the money is insensitive.
Michael Larkin
on May 5, 2011 3:07am
John reportedly lives quite comfortably on his carols (he said so in an interview, I don't have the citation to hand). He lost a son in tragic circumtances and has founded a charitable trust in his son's name into which he puts all his conducting fees etc. Wouldn't surpise me to learn that all income from the royal commission  went into the trust fund.
 
By the way, I love his larger-scale works (especially the Requiem, which is very Anglican) and have sung under his batton on a number of occasions. He is also excellent when leading choral workshops - attend if you get the chance.
on May 4, 2011 9:14am
This is the answer directly from the US representative for Oxford University Press:
 
"John Rutter’s anthem for the Royal Wedding will not be published immediately. John Rutter is following his normal practice and allowing a period of reflection before deciding whether to make it available in print. We look forward to being able to provide more information about This is the day that the Lord hath made in the coming months."
 
 
on May 5, 2011 5:39am
more importantly who is publishing the real hit of the Royal Wedding - Paul Mealor's Ubi Caritas ?
on May 6, 2011 4:40am
University of York Music Press, print on demand.
 
on May 6, 2011 8:57am
Thanks, Mr. Larkin, for your comments.  I only wish I had the melodic hand at composition of Sir John.  Of course the Requiem, Gloria, and Te Deum come to mind, but can anyone really say that What Sweeter Music isn't one of the most endearing melodies ever?  There's a reason it has touched so many!
on May 6, 2011 9:10am
And as far as the Mealor work goes - beautiful, I agree - would you not agree it very Whitacre-ish?  If that is the 'future' of church choral music, then I have no idea what my little 20-voice church choir will do!  I guess I will just have to 'settle' for the Durufle.  Woe is me!  :-)
on May 6, 2011 10:22am
if a 600 zillion pound/dollar wedding is the future of weddings, I have no idea what my cousin is going to do this summer. I guess she will have to 'settle' for the budget she has been given
 
:)
N
on May 7, 2011 6:36am
Nathaniel - I would have to agree that the Mealor is NOT the sort of thing you put in front of your or my 20-voice choir - BUT - there are instances when it can be done, I would think successfully, with a slightly larger festival-type choir (such as I took to the Crypt Chapel of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in DC recently for a Mass and Rite of Confirmation) and in fact, I'm purchasing a review copy of the Mealor for exactly that purpose next year.  I can't wait to see it; it is certainly very much in the style of Eric Whitacre (who apparently is a favorite of the Brits) and in fact the University of York Press website does refer to that.
 
As to the size of weddings; yes, sadly perhaps, we have to downsize our expectations somewhat in face of the budget.  But that may not be a bad result; how many of these marriages after gazillion-dollar weddings have we seen tank, sometimes within weeks of the affair?  Maybe we need to focus on the marriage, not so much the wedding?  Old deacon friend of mine, at the time married over 30 years, father of seven, said to me that he and his wife had spent something around $25 (a mild exaggeration, I think, but perhaps not too far off) on their wedding, and look at how long they'd been married.  His view was, the more spent on the wedding, the likelier the marriage was to disintegrate.  There may in fact be no correlation; but at least anecdotally, doesn't it seem to be the case?  For the Royal Wedding, with an estimated $65 million price tag, I would normally worry that it wouldn't last the weekend; but it is a state wedding, and it's the expression of a political reality as well as the joining of two young people.  I pray that Kate and Wills' marriage lasts a very long time; I hope that the evident joy in each other is a statement of truth, not public image.  I base this hope in part on the very choice of the Mealor; if that is the basis for their marriage, can't do much better, at least in my mind.  And the fact that they postponed the honeymoon so he could go back to his service (both senses) job, is a positive indication of that.
 
Ron
on July 2, 2011 12:52pm
I disagree about the size of the choir required. I beleive Mealor own choir is not all that large. If you are interested in hearing more of his music just put Paul Mealor-Ubi Caritas into you tube. The videos and music are fantastic. The music is available from musicnotes in the UK Ubi Caritas in particular is (ISMN 57036 279 0) in the University of York Music Press catalog and is a print on demand work. They also have various deals that have 25 copies for a set price. Concerning the Rutter yes it is a bit on the old school side but it is also something else: accessable to the hundreds if not thousands of choirs across the planet that will want to perform the piece at some point in the near future. The Mealor will take far more technique and talent than the average choir has. The Rutter fills a nitch.
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