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Lo, there is light! : mixed voices (SSAATTBB) a cappella

by Matthew Orlovich (1996)

Lo, there is light!


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Work Overview

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 - 1941).

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.

Work Details

Year: 1996

Instrumentation: SSAATTBB choir.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned for Harvard University Choir.

First performance: by Harvard University Choir, Murray Forbes Somerville — 15 Dec 96. 87th Annual Harvard Carol Services, The Memorial Church, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass, USA.


Performances of this work

3 May 97: Cathedral of St Paul, St Paul, Minnesota, USA.. Featuring Graeme Morton, St Olaf Cantorei.

15 Dec 96: 87th Annual Harvard Carol Services, The Memorial Church, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass, USA. . Featuring Harvard University Choir, Murray Forbes Somerville.

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