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Lauridsen's Luminosity
« on: February 18, 2015, 11:52:37 AM »
I was surprised that we have no thread focused on Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943) and his works. I only recently (today actually) started to listen to his music and was enchanted with his choral works. After experiencing his "O Magnum Mysterium" and "Lux Aeterna" I simply had to continue my exploration of his works and recordings. Any thoughts on Lauridsen's music?


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Re: Lauridsen's Luminosity
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2015, 11:53:36 AM »
There is a recent documentary focused on Lauridsen:



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Re: Lauridsen's Luminosity
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2015, 11:59:18 AM »
Morten Lauridsen - Lux Aeterna          Vocaal ensemble Cantando/ La Passione/ Luc Anthonis

Truly beautiful! *deep sigh*
Somehow this piece really made me realize that serene and powerful choral music can be written by living composers. Full of life and energy swirling into new shapes and forms as the piece unfolds. I sense a wonder of nature and existence itself in these works.

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Re: Lauridsen's Luminosity
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2015, 12:01:13 PM »
Somehow this piece really made me realize that serene and powerful choral music can be written by living composers.
Have you heard Henning's choral works? 8)
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Re: Lauridsen's Luminosity
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2015, 12:03:38 PM »
Have you heard Henning's choral works? 8)

He is still alive?  :P
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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2015, 12:08:01 PM »
He is still alive?  :P
Probably. .
You didn't answer my question, though. (Giving a spin to that Lux aeterna video now)
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Re: Lauridsen's Luminosity
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2015, 12:11:09 PM »
Probably. .
You didn't answer my question, though. (Giving a spin to that Lux aeterna video now)

Actually, I haven't.  :'( :'(         Enjoy the Lauridsen piece!    :)
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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2015, 12:16:24 PM »
Actually, I haven't.  :'( :'( 
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Enjoy the Lauridsen piece!    :)
Sure sounds nice so far.
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Re: Lauridsen's Luminosity
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2015, 12:31:27 PM »
He is still alive?  :P
I think it fair to say that there may be indications. 8)
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Re: Lauridsen's Luminosity
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2015, 01:07:14 PM »
I have this CD which I find very moving and really enjoy. Must listen to it again:

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Re: Lauridsen's Luminosity
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2015, 11:24:49 AM »
His Lux Aeturna is an inspiring, lovely work.  He really is a master with the choir and many of his works are already classics. O Magnum Mysterious is his Adagio for Strings, Bolero, Flight of the Bumble Bee, Fanfare for the Common Man...(you get the point). It's become a classical choral mega-hit, and for good reason.