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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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. Strands of complex counterpoint, including a multiplicity of canons and double canons, are interlaced to create the sonorous equivalent of supernal light. Following the introduction, the chorus enters, a cappella, closely spaced and hushed.

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.

The cellos and basses supply the downbeat only to the central movement of the cycle, the a cappella motet, “O nata lux” O Born Lightwith text from a hymn for the Divine Office.

This new disc from the multi-award-winning choir Polyphony is something rather special. Rewind Pause Play Help! Purchase a Live Recording. Here’s a three- perhaps four-work wonder! A native of the Pacific Northwest, Lauridsen worked as a Forest Service firefighter and lookout on an isolated tower near Mt. Next a canon on “et lux perpetua” begins a swell that culminates in a majestic but piteous tutti cry on “Exaudi orationem meam” Hear my prayer.


A National Medal of Arts recipient[1] he was composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale — [2] and has been a professor of composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for more than 40 years. Cast as five movements performed without pause, Lux aeterna lauridsdn organized as an extended motet, for each new portion of the text calls forth a different musical response.

Die Praxis der Augenmusik wurde von Marenzio und anderen Madrigalkomponisten des Agnus Dei – Lux Aeterna. Anstelle von Licht, Hoffnung und Ruhe lauridzen sich die Madrigali durch Dunkelheit, Sehnsucht und zuweilen sogar durch zutiefste Verzweiflung aus.

The five-movement work for chorus and orchestra is organized around several Aeherna texts addressing the idea of light.

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lahridsen Wie der Komponist selbst aussagte: Referring to Lauridsen’s sacred music, the musicologist and conductor Nick Strimple said he was “the zeterna 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 use of these MIDI tracks does not violate copyright laws.

Purchase a Vocal Score. A non-liturgical Requiem of sorts, Lux Aeterna became an immediate favorite for its lyrical melodies, poignant harmonies, and tonal consistency. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Lauridsen continues to contrast musical elements, juxtaposing the a cappella chorus with the orchestra, or pairing men’s voices against women’s.

The Los Angeles Master Lauuridsen premiered the work in ; their recording won for the composer a Grammy in 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 seterna simple orchestral accompaniment to the spirited choral singing, appropriately at its most florid in the central stanza, which references light.


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This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat Morten Lauridsen accompanies at the piano on several works. In seinem Chor-Zyklus Madrigali: Lauridsen now divides his time between Los Angeles and his home in the San Juan Archipelago off the northern coast of Washington State.

It was a natural thing for me to blend poetry and the human voice, which is the most wonderful and personal of all musical instruments.

Morten Lauridsen on Waldron Island in Morten Johannes Lauridsen born February 27, is an American composer. In the second section of the score, In te, Domine, speravi, the solemn chorale Herzliebster Jesu from the Nuremberg Songbook of is introduced as a cantus firmus that lix the musical discourse as it flows above.

Perhaps this embracing effect is a reason that Lux Aeterna is widely known to bring listeners to tears. In te, Domine, Speravi. Soprano 2 Alto 1. This engagement with the past never approaches pastiche, however, for Lauridsen assimilates both chant and sixteenth-century music into a personal idiom that has been formed through an abiding love of lyricism as found especially in classical art song and that of the American musical theatre.