LUX


UPDATE: LUX vocal scores will be in print in December 2017, published by The Music of Dan Forrest, and distributed by Beckenhorst Press. Full scores will be available for purchase shortly thereafter. Scores and parts for performance will be available on rental from rentals@danforrest.com. For more information or perusal PDFs, contact The Music Of Dan Forrest.

 

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About

LUX: The Dawn From On High, Dan Forrest’s third major work for chorus and orchestra, (after Requiem For the Living and Jubilate Deo) is a five-movement work that 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 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.


Instrumentation

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

  • Full Orchestra: Winds 2.2.2.2, Brass 2 (or 4).2.3.1, Percussion (2 players), Harp, Strings (recommended minimum 4.4.2.2.1, 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 4.4.2.2.1) 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 BeckenhorstPress.com, and other participating music retailers.

Licensing handled through Beckenhorst Press in partnership with The Music of Dan Forrest.

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

Perusal scores of all three versions available on rental ($30) from rentals@danforrest.com.

All three versions’ scores and parts for performance available on rental from rentals@danforrest.com.

Full conductor’s scores (not parts) are also available for purchase through BeckenhorstPress.com. (Note that rental is still required to receive parts for performances).


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

Requiem for the Living Program Notes (formal)Requiem for the Living Program Notes 2 (extended quotes from the composer, discussing the work)Requiem for the Living Program Notes 3 (concise- limited to 250 words)