(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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If you keep your ear to the ground, you will recently have heard talk of an American composer who is making quite an impact on the international choral scene. His music has been described as ‘luminous’, ‘straight from the heart’ and ‘intensely moving’. This composer is Morten Lauridsen, composer-in-residence with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Chair of Composition at the University of Southern California. Read more