Program Note for Lux aeterna (choir, 2004)


This work was written for the Trinity University Choir and their director Scott MacPherson.  In anticipation of the choir’s tour to Germany in 2005, I was asked to write a piece that would be suitable for performance in the Cologne Cathedral.  In thinking about that large reverberant space, the words of the Lux aeterna seemed most appealing to me. With that in mind, this piece uses soft, glowing textures, an attention to color, and long held tones to express the images of light, the eternal, and the perpetual.  It was completed in 2004 while on sabbatical from Trinity University.

Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine,
cum sanctis tuis in aeternum,
quia pius es.
Requiem aeternam, dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis

Let light eternal shine upon them, O Lord,
with thy saints forever,
for Thou art merciful.
Rest eternal grant them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.