Lux Aeterna (2016)
For a cappella choir (SSAATTBB)
Duration 4 minutes
Commissioned by The New York Virtuoso Singers
“Lux Aeterna” is my first finished choral work for a cappella SATB. In picking the text, I was interested in the challenge of bringing my personal interpretation to a text that has a rich history of many settings by iconic composers.
While embracing the peaceful and tranquil nature of the text, I also wanted to create a sense of trajectory through the use of various textural and harmonic devices. This co-existence of stillness and motion gets at the essence of “Lux Aeterna,” and finds resolution in the serenity of the final chords.