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Carl Rütti grew up in Zug, Switzerland and received in 1975 the Solisten-diploma in both piano and organ from Zürich Conservatoire. During the following year, studying under Kendall Taylor and Richard Latham in London, he became especially fascinated by English choral singing, which inspired him to write several pieces for a cappella choir.
Ever since he has composed a steady output of largely religious choral works - including
Sermon on the Mount
Songs of Love
Veni Creator Spiritus
(a 40 part motet),
St Peter and St Paul
Alpha et Omega
(first performed at the BBC PROMS in 1999), and worked together with many English choirs and some American choirs. His compositions also include the carol
I wonder as I wander
, which has been performed several times in recent years as part of King’s College Cambridge’s Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.
He has also produced several instrumental works. Rütti’s music blends the English choral tradition with other genres including jazz and the blues in rich colourful textures, and has been performed all over the world. Many of his works have been recorded on CD.
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