Whitacre’s text to Lux Aurumque comes from a poem by Edward Esch, which was translated into Latin by Charles Anthony Silvestri. Eric’s groundbreaking Virtual. Buy Lux Aurumque (SATB) by Eric Whitacre at Choral Sheet Music. Upon reading Edward Eschs poem Light and Gold, composer E. Commissioned by the Texas Music Educators Association for their All-State Band, Lux Aurumque is an extraordinarily lush and poignant adaptation of one.

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Whitacre – Lux Aurumque

The aurumqye is also available for men’s choir. Retrieved 7 February Powered by Create your own unique website with customizable templates.

The author of the poem appears to be something of an enigma.

Please sign in or register to post comments. This led to his producing a Virtual Choir recording of “Sleep”, and inspired him to bigger and greater things.

The composer conducting, in It is a Christmas piece based airumque a Latin poem of the same name, which translates as “Light, warm and heavy as pure gold, and the angels sing softly to the new born babe “.

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Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre. Although all the voices are singing in harmony, this short video took six months to complete.

Inhe wrote an arrangement for wind ensemble. He wanted to set it, but in Latin, and so I set to work rendering the poem into the kinds of sounds Eric likes to set. The version for mixed choir is part of Whitacre’s project Virtual Choir.


Light, warm and heavy as pure gold, and the angels sing softly to the newborn babe. Monthly Newsletter A monthly update on our latest interviews, stories and added songs. I stand by my choices, however, none of which are contrary to the rules of Latin grammar or usage.

As far as I know there is no substantive information on record about him. This image, from the Lkx probe, is my idea of “golden light”– shining from unnumbered stars Of the English original of “Lux Aurumque” he wrote: The phrase lux aurumque means literally light and gold. This page was last edited on 17 Novemberat Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre The composer conducting, in I have never been a fan of the school of thought which dictates that Latin be rigidly Ciceronian or classical.

Archived from the original on 12 May The inspiration lu the work was a short poem in English, “Light and Gold”, by Edward Esch bornwhich begins with the word “Light” and ends “angels sing softly to the new-born babe”. He was told about a young American girl Britlin Losee who had recorded the soprano line to his composition “Sleep”, and on listening to it he said: Eric Whitacre shared the poem with me, and I was instantly struck by its simple beauty.

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Retrieved 24 November Toggle navigation Welcome Guest. My goal was to render the original poem into Latin as singable and as sonically beautifully as I could.

Home Poetry Poetry Catalogue Commissioning. I would like to say that I have received emails from Latin scholars criticizing my choice of word or case. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Although the Romans are no longer with us – except in Rome, of course – their language is far from dead. Lux Aurumque This image, from the Magellan probe, is my idea of “golden light”– shining from aurumqur stars Translated “light and gold” This poem is a translation into Latin of a lovely and simple text by poet Edward Esch.


He began by making a video of himself conducting the music in aurumqye silencethen added one of himself playing the piano accompaniment, then he posted instructions to his ad hoc choir, and invited people to sing their own parts. It aurumqur published by Walton Music in A performance takes about four minutes.

Some have said that Esch died long ago, while others claim they saw him introduced and congratulated at a lkx concert given by maestro Weston Noble and the Luther College choir. I was instantly struck by its simple beauty. Compositions by Eric Whitacre Contemporary classical compositions Choral compositions compositions Compositions in C-sharp minor Christmas music Concert band pieces.

There has been some confusion regarding the elusive poet Edward Esch. This work is one of auru,que few Whitacre pieces performed in church settings, especially at Christmas time along with the haunting and perfect When David Heard.