Morten Lauridsen – Lux Aeterna – The Choral Music of Morten Lauridsen – Chamber Choir of Europe – Nicol Matt. Lux aeterna was greeted by The Times after its London premiere thus: ‘a ‘ Conventional choral wisdom suggests that the American Morten Lauridsen is a. Lux aeterna. (). by Morten Lauridsen. Description: SATB choir with chamber orchestra, or organ (separate organ part necessary); Duration: 27; Genres.

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Bass 1 Bass 2. Archived from aeerna original on A non-liturgical Requiem of sorts, Lux Aeterna became an immediate favorite for its lyrical melodies, poignant harmonies, and tonal consistency.

The momentum of the “Veni sancte spiritus” runs headlong into the deliberate pace of the final movement, “Agnus dei – lux aeterna” Lamb of God – Light Eternal. Unified by an emphasis upon heavenly light, Lux aeterna opens and concludes with lines from the Requiem Mass, while the three central movements are drawn from the Te Deum with a single line interpolated from the Beatus vir, Psalm Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats.

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Leoncavallo – I Pagliacci. Agnus Dei – Lux Aeterna. Over one million copies of his scores have been sold and his Dirait-on, O Magnum Mysterium and O Nata Lux have become the all-time best selling octavos distributed by the Theodore Presser Co.


Purchase a Live Recording. Here’s a three- perhaps four-work wonder! These works also have in common a deceptive simplicity, yet their capacity to touch the listener reveals mastery lajridsen expressing through music the depth of human emotion. Don’t show me this message again. The Los Angeles Master Chorale premiered the work in ; their recording won for the composer a Grammy in Referring to Lauridsen’s sacred music, the musicologist and conductor Nick Strimple said he was “the only American composer in history who can be called a mystic, whose probing, serene work contains an elusive and indefinable ingredient which leaves the impression that all the questions have been answered The site aeternw also available in several languages.

Views Read Edit View history. Luci Serene e Chiare VI. Retrieved from ” https: The text, drawn from the twelfth century sequence for Pentecost, has a marked rhythm which Lauridsen realizes in an exuberant triple meter; its setting employs a simple orchestral accompaniment to the spirited choral singing, appropriately at its most florid in the central stanza, which references light.

The close-voiced homophony of the chorus gives way to more independent polyphony, which reaches a peak with the quoting of a motive from Lauridsen ‘s motet “O magnum mysterium” and then subsides into the opening texture. Italian love poems of that era have constituted a rich lyric source for many composers, and while lix them I became increasingly intrigued by the symbolic image of flames, burning and fire that recurred within this context.

Bach – B Minor Mass. Their music-making remains in heavenly realms throughout the virtuoso Madrigali: This pairing serves as a luux that brings together all who share the experience of grief.


To walk in the evergreen forests and along the waterways of the Pacific Northwest, as Morten Lauridsen loves to do, is to experience infinite variations of light.

O Magnum Mysterium [9]. Stan Lee Richard M. February 18, Last xeterna July 09, Morten Johannes Lauridsen born February laurjdsen, is an American composer. O magnum mysterium is pervaded by the same tenderness and refinement found in Lux aeterna; indeed, this refulgent work was written injust before Lauridsen began to contemplate the composition of the larger score.

I can’t give this disc a higher recommendation than that. Walking here with poetry in his mind and music in his heart, Lauridsen finds inspiration for his compositions, luminous with inner radiance.

She also taught him to play the piano. A Child Lay Down V.

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Among the several techniques that Lauridsen has assimilated from the music of the Renaissance is the ability to create flexible counterpoint based on intricate canonic procedures, formal concision, and an almost preternatural sensitivity to textual nuance, whether sacred or secular. While the basses hold a low pedal note, the violins sustain a high harmonic. The five-movement work for chorus and orchestra is organized around several Latin texts addressing the idea of light. Lauridsen composed the requiem Lux Aeterna inthe year his mother died.