Lo, there is light! : mixed voices (SSAATTBB) a cappella
by Matthew Orlovich (1996)
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Lo, there is light! : mixed voices (SSAATTBB) a cappella / [music by] Matthew Orlovich ; [text by] Reginald Heber and A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson.
Library shelf no. 782.28/ORL 1 [Available for loan]
Lo, there is light! draws upon two texts; "Brightest and best of
the sons of the morning" by the English poet Bishop Reginald
Heber (1783 - 1826), and an extract of two verses from "Sunrise
on the Coast" by the Australian poet A.B. "Banjo" Paterson (1864
Bishop Heber's text reflects upon the birth of "our infant Redeemer" and conveys the excitement and wonderment that surrounds this great occasion. The setting is spirited and lively, drawing upon a rhythmic drone which, when passed between parts of the choir, forms the accompaniment to a bright, pentatonic melodic line.
A.B. "Banjo" Paterson's text is set as two interludes that appear during the setting of Bishop Heber's text. The two interludes depict, through the eyes of a seasoned wandering balladist, the breaking of dawn over the sea. Paterson's words inspired a calm and tranquil texture of humming, with tenor voices singing of the coming of an evanescent and tender light in all its hues of ruby-red, purple, scarlet and gold.
Instrumentation: SSAATTBB choir.
Duration: 4 min.
Commission note: Commissioned for Harvard University Choir.
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