Lux Aeterna by : Morten Lauridsen
Each of the five connected movements in this choral cycle contains references to 'Light;' assembled from various sacred Latin texts. I composed Lux Aeterna in response to my mother's final illness and found great personal comfort and solace in setting to music these timeless and wondrous words about Light; a universal symbol of illumination at all levels - spiritual; artistic and intellectual.
The work opens and closes with the beginning and ending of the Requiem Mass; with the central three movements drawn respectively from the Te Deum; O Nata Lux and Veni; Sancte Spiritus. The opening Introitus introduces several themes that recur later in the work and includes an extended canon on “et lux perpetua.” In Te; Domine; Speravi contains; among other musical elements; the cantus firmus “Herzliebster Jesu” (from the Nuremburg Songbook; 1677) and a lengthy inverted canon on “fiat misericordia.” O Nata Lux and Veni; Sancte Spiritus are paired songs; the former an a cappella motet at the center of the work and the latter a spirited; jubilant canticle. A quiet setting of the Agnus Dei precedes the final Lux Aeterna; which reprises the opening section of the Introitus and concludes with a joyful celebratory Alleluia.
| Format ||SATB and Orchestra; Full Score|
| Length x Width ||8.5 x 11.2 inches |
| Shipping Weight||0.48 pounds |
|East Coast Music Product Code ||ZHL228876|
| 1st Publication Date||05/2010|
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