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Lux aeterna

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

Lux aeterna / Joseph Twist.

by Joseph Twist (2011)

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  • Instrumentation: Treble choir, SSAA choir, SATB choir, percussion (vibraphone, xylophone), piano, optional handbells.


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Australia has some of the most intense sunlight in the world. I am often nostalgic about the great clarity of daylight in Queensland, where I grew up, enjoying the languorous and overbearing warmth in summer, the smell of bitumen steaming during a summer storm, or the endless clear blue sky on a crisp, sunny winter morning. Lux Aeterna is a kind of ritualistic musical celebration of the intense, abundant Australian sunlight and the Australian summer. The "Lux Aeterna" Gregorian chant and text, with its description of "perpetual light" (luceat eis) in a sense refers to our own translucent and unremitting Australain sunlight. The musical effect is both luminous and harsh, particularly with the use of cluster chords, jazz harmony and bizzare vocal effects, as a kind of musical depiction of shimmering heat on a hot day. Combined with this are the inspiring words of Michael Leunig, which highlight the joy and fun of summertime with its glorious sunlight.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 2 performance parts (16p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Many simple vocal parts, difficult rhythmic playing for percussion and piano.

Duration: 10 mins

Dedicated to John Nolan

Commission info: Commissioned for the Gondwana National Choral School, 2011

First performance by Gondwana Choirs, Lyn Williams, Bree van Reyk, Sally Whitwell — 22 Jan 11. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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