UPDATE: LUX vocal scores are in print- published by The Music of Dan Forrest, distributed by Beckenhorst Press at
Full scores for purchase (from Beckenhorst), and score/parts rentals for performances (from will be available soon!

Downloadable mp3 recordings are available on iTunes. For CD recording, click here.


LUX: The Dawn From On High is Dan Forrest’s third major work for chorus and orchestra, (after Requiem For the Living and Jubilate Deo). This five-movement work explores various facets of LUX (Latin for “light”), in texts ranging from ancient liturgical chant to Scripture to modern secular love poetry. The music of LUX, written in 2018, was inspired thematically and spiritually by these profound texts; visually by the light in the Reims Cathedral in France and at the Poulnabrone Dolmen in Ireland; and musically by a variety of musical sources from ancient chant to modern minimalist composers.

The title invokes the dual meaning of the text of the first movement, where the light of dawn gradually ascends into the sky, yet the Light of the world descends from the sky- a “Dawn from on High”. As a whole, the five movements trace a symmetrical journey through time- from ancient prophecy, to today (“even after all this time”), and then back again; or from another perspective, from a day’s dawn, through the sun’s high point in the sky, and then to the setting of the sun on the horizon at the end of day.

The first movement offers the promise of future light, and the hope of dawn is repeatedly heard in the text and evoked by the music. The second movement uses contrasting musical meters and keys to portray its text about light courageously shining in darkness. This movement finishes somewhat open-ended, not with a glib ending, reflecting the nature of light that must continue to shine through darkness. The third movement flashes ahead to today, seeing the sun as a metaphor for unconditional love that “lights the whole sky”. The fourth movement continues the “light in the sky” motif with a joyful, jazz-influenced setting of the “Gloria in excelsis” text from the Scriptural nativity story. The fifth movement closes out the “day” with an ancient evening hymn, presented as a solo, then unison, then in increasingly complex canons, before a closing section provides closure and unity between these multiple facets of light.


Premiere Performance: October 28, 2017, by the Greenville (SC) Chorale and Symphony, Dr. Bing Vick conducting.

Other performances:

  • Chamber Ensemble version premiere, December 2017, Advent Lutheran Church, Morgan Hill, CA, Kyle Jones conducting.
  • Lake Junaluska, NC: May 8, 2018, Haywood Community Chorus, Kathy McNeil conducting.
  • Greenville, SC: June 21-23, 2018, Rivertree Singers and Friends (Festival performance, open for singers to join).
  • Chicago, IL: June 25, 2018, Manhattan Concert Productions, Dr. Pearl Shangkuan conducting.
  • Nancy, France: June 30-July 1, Ensemble Leszczynski, Geoffroy Vançon conducting.
  • Performances for New York, Paris, and Hong Kong are lined up for 2019. Contact Mid-America Productions for information on participation.


Available in three versions (almost identical to Requiem for the Living):

  • Full Orchestra: Winds, Brass 2 (or 4).2.3.1, Percussion (2 players), Harp, Strings (recommended minimum, but larger section is preferred).
  • Small Orchestra with organ: (combines the winds, harp, and organ parts from the chamber ensemble version with the string section parts from the orchestral version. Percussion part is identical in all three versions):    flute, oboe, horn, percussion (2 players), harp, strings (recommended minimum with organ.
  • Chamber Ensemble with organ: flute, oboe, horn, percussion (2 players), harp, violin, cello, with organ.

Ordering Information

Vocal scores available for sale through, and other participating music retailers.

All three versions’ scores and parts for performance available on rental, by 1. purchasing the full orchestra, small orchestra, or chamber ensemble rental at, and  2. submitting the rental request form (on each version’s rental page at to

All three versions’ full scores (without parts) are also available for purchase through full orchestra, small orchestra, or chamber ensemble. (Note that rental is still required to receive parts for performances).

Printed perusal scores of all three versions available on rental ($30) from

Full audio recording available digitally from iTunes, or as a physical CD from the Greenville Chorale.

Licensing handled through Beckenhorst Press in partnership with The Music of Dan Forrest. (Performance licensing for choirs not members of a performance royalty organization is handled through the Music of Dan Forrest rentals department at the same time as rental.)

Rehearsal Tracks

For choirs who desire rehearsal tracks, former Chanticleer singer Matt Curtis (Choral Tracks, LLC) is producing a set, with various options ranging from individual movements/parts, to a master license for all movements/all parts.

Program Notes

LUX: The Dawn From On High Program Notes