Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light) by Morten Lauridsen
The choir and small orchestra will present, “Lux Aeterna” (Eternal Light) by Morten Lauridsen which is based on Bible passages relating to the light of Christ. This special service will combine beautiful music with God’s Word while emphasizing Jesus as the Light of the World.
“Lux Aeterna” was written in 1997 by an American composer living in the San Juan Islands in the Pacific where he had nothing but his old piano and an oil lap as he overlooked the water. The music reflects this. “What Morten Lauridsen loves to do, is to experience infinite variations of light – clouds of gray loom in the skies, and deft rays of sunlight filter through the trees and touch on water with an ever-changing chiaroscuro effect. Walking here with poetry in his mind and music in his heart, Lauridsen finds inspiration for his compositions, luminous with inner radiance.”
This is a beautiful, ethereal piece that never gets loud but always reflects the text. Lauridsen has gained the recognition that he is one contemporary composer whose music will be performed for many generations to come.