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Lux Aeterna : for chorus and orchestra

by Ross Edwards (2017)

Also known as: Eternal Light

Lux Aeterna


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Lux Aeterna / Ross Edwards.

Library shelf no. 782.554/EDW 3 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Ross Edwards, whose Lux Aeterna is the climax of The Diggers' Requiem, a composite work by Australian composers premiered in Llewellyn Hall on October 2017, has always wanted his music to act as an agent of healing and ritual - an important part of its age-old universal function.
"I see my Lux Aeterna as a prayer for peace," he says. "I was drawn to John Grant's Lament for the Pipers Lost in the Great War because it seemed to me to be an archetypal lamentation which resonated with my Scottish ancestry.
The combination of using it as a cantus firmus for the setting of the Lux Aeterna Latin text (in English - Eternal Light) and the sounding of the 62,000 bells for the 62,000 Australian WW1 dead, which form a halo around the piece, has given the work a mythic power".
Christopher Latham

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: SATBar choir, solo trumpet, solo accordion, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, bassoon, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (4 players), bagpipes, strings, 62,000 recorded bell sounds.

Duration: 11 min.


Performances of this work

6 Oct 2018: at The Diggers' Requiem (Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music). Featuring The Australian War Memorial Orchestra & Choir, Chris Latham.

27 Sep 2018: at The Diggers' Requiem Brass (Pitt Street Uniting Church).

26 Sep 2018: at Diggers' Requiem Brass (St Paul's Cathedral (Melbourne)).

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