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John Rutter (Composer)
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    (September 24, 1945- )
    Resides near Cambridge, England
    Wrote or arranged ‘Gloria,’ ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful,’ ‘Requiem,’ ‘Shepherd’s Pipe Carol,’ ‘Magnificat,’ ‘Psalmfest’ and ‘Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind’
    Edited the anthologies ‘Carols for Choirs,’ ‘Opera Choruses’ and ‘European Sacred Music’
    His music is cheesy.
    He’s best known for writing ‘inspirational’ music for boys’ choirs.
    Many music critics hate him for writing in a sappy, old-fashioned style.
    He has been called ‘a slightly up-market version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’ and ‘classical music’s answer to John Denver.’
    Although he’s British, his music is only really popular in the U.S.
    He specializes in religious music, despite being an atheist.
    Because of his name, he is confused with John Ritter.
    He uses expressions like ‘Golly!’ in interviews.
    He is modest.
    He doesn’t care what critics think about his work.
    He wrote pieces for the 100th birthday of England’s Queen Mother (2000).
    BBC called him ‘the unsung hero of British music.’
    His son was killed in a car accident.

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