(1943 - )
Music by Morten Lauridsen occupies a permanent place in the standard vocal repertoire of the Twentieth-Century. His seven major vocal cycles--Les Chansons des Roses (Rilke), Mid-Winter Songs (Graves), Cuatro Canciones (Lorca), A Winter Come (Moss), Madrigali: Six “Firesongs” on Renaissance Italian Poems, Nocturnes (Rilke, Neruda and Agee) and Lux Aeterna--and his series of sacred a cappella motets (O Magnum Mysterium, Ave Maria, O Nata Lux and Ubi Caritas et Amor) are featured regularly in concert by distinguished ensembles throughout the world. O Magnum Mysterium, O Nata Lux (from Lux Aeterna) and Dirait-on (from Les Chansons des Roses) have become the all-time best selling choral octavos distributed by Theodore Presser, in business since 1783.
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News & Reviews
A rare occasion presents itself in March 2013 when legendary US composer, Morten Lauridsen, is present (and accompanies) a "Come & Sing" day of his choral music in London, part of his 70th birthday celebrations. The day also includes the London premiere of the new documentary film about the composer. Read more
Two new all-Morten Lauridsen discs have been released by a couple of the US's leading chamber choirs and there's a new online video interview with the composer. Read more