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O lux beata Trinitas

2019; SSTB soli, SSAATTBB + organ pipates and percussion
author of text
Hymn for Trinity Sunday

The motet O lux beata Trinitas is inspired by an historical event from the early thirteenth century when the Letts (Latgalians) of Beverīna in Northern Latvia were besieged by Estonian attackers. This was described by the Catholic priest Henry of Latvia in the document known as the Livonian Chronicle of Henry.

At that point in time the Latgalians had already been converted to Christianity, while the Estonians were still considered ‘barbarians’. In the heat of battle the Latgalian priest stepped up to the castle wall and prayed to God while playing an unnamed musical instrument. Upon hearing this instrument the Estonians ceased fighting, and instead began to enquire about the reason for such rejoicing. The Latgalians replied that they were praising the Lord who was defending them. A period of silence ensued before the Estonians began speaking of peace. In this composition I wanted to depict historic events, the brutal spirit of battle and, principally, the magical power of music in the victory over sin and violence.

from notes by Jēkabs Jančevskis © 2020


Jančevskis: Aeternum & other choral works
Studio Master: CDA68328Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 5 on CDA68328 [9'02]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68328 track 5

Recording date
7 December 2018
Recording venue
Riga Recording Company A Studio, Latvia
Recording producer
Jurģis Cābulis & Jēkabs Jančevskis
Recording engineer
Normunds Slava
Hyperion usage
  1. Jančevskis: Aeternum & other choral works (CDA68328)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: March 2020
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