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Lauridsen, Morten (b1943)  

Morten Lauridsen

born: 1943
country: USA

Morten Johannes Lauridsen, Composer-in-Residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale from 1994-2001 and Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for more than thirty years, occupies a permanent place in the standard vocal repertoire of the Twentieth Century. His seven 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, and Lux Aeterna -- and his series of sacred a cappella motets (O Magnum Mysterium, Ave Maria, O Nata Lux, Ubi Caritas et Amor and Ave Dulcissima Maria) are featured regularly in concert by distinguished ensembles throughout the world. O Magnum Mysterium, Dirait-on (from Les Chansons des Roses) and O Nata Lux (from Lux Aeterna) have become the all-time best-selling choral octavos distributed by Theodore Presser, in business since 1783. In speaking of Lauridsen's sacred works in his book, Choral Music in the Twentieth Century, musicologist and conductor Nick Strimple describes Lauridsen as "the only American composer in history who can be called a mystic, (whose) probing, serene work contains an elusive and indefinable ingredient which leaves the impression that all the questions have been answered … " From 1993 Lauridsen's music rapidly increased in international popularity, and by century's end he had eclipsed Randall Thompson as the most frequently performed American choral composer.

Albums
'Lauridsen: Lux aeterna & other choral works' (CDA67449)
Lauridsen: Lux aeterna & other choral works
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'Lauridsen: Nocturnes & other choral works' (CDA67580)
Lauridsen: Nocturnes & other choral works
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'A Christmas Present from Polyphony' (NOEL2)
A Christmas Present from Polyphony
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'Christmas at St John's Cambridge' (CDA67576)
Christmas at St John's Cambridge
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'Dreamland' (HYP41)
Dreamland
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Abandon entouré d'abandon  First line to Dirait-on, No 5 of Les chansons des roses (Lauridsen)
Ave Maria (Lauridsen)
Ave, dulcissima Maria (Lauridsen)
C'est pourtant nous qui t'avons proposé  First line to En une seule fleur, No 1 of Les chansons des roses (Lauridsen)
Contre qui, rose  No 2 of Les chansons des roses (Lauridsen)
Cuando yo muera quiero tus manos en mis ojos  First line to Soneto de la noche, No 2 of Nocturnes (Lauridsen)
De ton rêve trop plein  No 3 of Les chansons des roses (Lauridsen)
Dirait-on  No 5 of Les chansons des roses (Lauridsen)
Dying sun, shine warm a little longer!  First line to Lament for Pasiphaë, No 1 of Mid-Winter Songs (Lauridsen)
En une seule fleur  No 1 of Les chansons des roses (Lauridsen)
How hard the year dies: no frost yet  First line to Intercession in Late October, No 5 of Mid-Winter Songs (Lauridsen)
I will lift up mine eyes (Lauridsen)
Intercession in Late October  No 5 of Mid-Winter Songs (Lauridsen)
J'ai une telle conscience de ton  First line to La rose complète, No 4 of Les chansons des roses (Lauridsen)
La rose complète  No 4 of Les chansons des roses (Lauridsen)
Lament for Pasiphaë  No 1 of Mid-Winter Songs (Lauridsen)
Les chansons des roses (Lauridsen)
Like Snow  No 2 of Mid-Winter Songs (Lauridsen)
Lux aeterna (Lauridsen)
Madrigali. Six 'Fire Songs' on Italian Renaissance Poems (Lauridsen)
Mid-Winter Songs (Lauridsen)
Mid-Winter Waking  No 4 of Mid-Winter Songs (Lauridsen)
Nocturnes (Lauridsen)
O come, let us sing unto the Lord (Lauridsen)
O magnum mysterium (Lauridsen)
O nata lux  Movement 3 of Lux aeterna (Lauridsen)
Sa nuit d'été  No 1 of Nocturnes (Lauridsen)
She tells her love while half asleep  No 3 of Mid-Winter Songs (Lauridsen)
She, then, like snow in a dark night  First line to Like Snow, No 2 of Mid-Winter Songs (Lauridsen)
Si je pourrais avec mes mains brûlantes  First line to Sa nuit d'été, No 1 of Nocturnes (Lauridsen)
Soneto de la noche  No 2 of Nocturnes (Lauridsen)
Stirring suddenly from long hibernation  First line to Mid-Winter Waking, No 4 of Mid-Winter Songs (Lauridsen)
Sure on this shining night  No 3 of Nocturnes (Lauridsen)
Ubi caritas et amor (Lauridsen)
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