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Sure On This Shining Night

COMPOSER: Morten Lauridsen
PUBLISHER: Peermusic Classical
PRODUCT FORMAT: Vocal Score
Four poems sharing a common motif of 'Night' provide the texts for my choral cycle  Nocturnes , the American Choral Directors Association's commissioned work for its 2005 national convention. For Rilke's atmospheric“Sa nuit d'ete,” several melodic themes are supported by dense, colorful harmonies in
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Composer Morten Lauridsen
Publisher Peermusic Classical
Product Format Vocal Score
Genre Classical
StylePeriodView Description Post 1901
UPC 680160584420
Instrumentation Lower Voices And Accomp.
No. HL00229299
Number of pages 12
Voicing 4-Part
Series Peermusic Classical
Composer Morten Lauridsen
Description

Four poems sharing a common motif of 'Night' provide the texts for my choral cycle Nocturnes, the American Choral Directors Association's commissioned work for its 2005 national convention. For Rilke's atmospheric“Sa nuit d'ete,” several melodic themes are supported by dense, colorful harmonies in both the choral and piano parts, leading to a climactic section where all are combined and stated simultaneously. Neruda's“Soneto de la Noche,” from his Cien Sonetos de Amor, speaks of an eternal love that transcends death while reaffirming life. My a cappella setting of this gorgeous poem is predominantly quiet, serene andfolk-like,utilizing direct harmonies accompanying long, lyrical vocal lines. Agee's wondrous “Sure on this Shining Night” is set much like a song from the American musical theater, a genre for which I have held alife-long esteem. Rilke's poignant “Voici le soir” recalls the opening bell sounds and jazz-tinged chords of the first movement and serves as an epilogue, quietly concluding this cycle of night songs as darknessdescends.

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