Ruth

  • for choir SSATB with semi-chorus SSATB

  • Duration 4' 15"

This work was written for the wedding of Ruth and Paul Ayres, February 2001.

It is now published by Schirmer (USA), and should be available from music retailers (shops or online).

It's catalog number ED 4352 in the 'Craig Hella Johnson' series - copies can be ordered here:

http://www.musicsalesclassical.com/composer/work/36854

Performers of this work include

Ruth & Paul's wedding guests / Steve Jones
Exmoor Singers / James Jarvis (Purcell Room, London)
Queldryk Chamber Choir / Paul Ayres (including CD recording)
Conspirare / Craig Hella Johnson (Carnegie Hall, Riverside Church & Lincoln Center, New York)

Text

And Ruth said, I will go wherever you go and live wherever you live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. I will die where you die and will be buried there. (Ruth 1, 16-17)
There are three things that amaze me - no, four things I do not understand: how an eagle glides through the sky, how a snake slithers on a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, how a man loves a woman. (Proverbs 30, 18-19)
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to know! (Psalms 139, 6)

Categories

choral - mixed voices unaccompanied.