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.


Lauridsen, Chilcott & Whitacre: Choral Music
Studio Master: SIGCD262Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Lauridsen: Lux aeterna & other choral works
Lauridsen: Nocturnes & other choral works
A Choral Christmas
Studio Master: SIGCD257Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
A Christmas Present from Polyphony
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Chilcott, Whitacre & Lauridsen: Choral Music
Studio Master: SIGCD262Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Christmas at St John's Cambridge
HYP41Super-budget price sampler
Naked Byrd
SIGCD180Download only
Whitacre, Lauridsen & Chilcott: Choral Music
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works

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