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Soneto de la Noche

Music by Morten Lauridsen

Four poems sharing a common motif of 'Night' provide the texts for my choral cycle Nocturnes, the American Choral Directors Association's commissioned work for its 2005 national convention. For Rilke's atmospheric “Sa nuit d'ete,” several melodic themes are supported by dense, colorful harmonies in both the choral and piano parts, leading to a climactic section where all are combined and stated simultaneously. Neruda's “Soneto de la Noche,” from his Cien Sonetos de Amor, speaks of an eternal love that transcends death while reaffirming life. My a cappella setting of this gorgeous poem is predominantly quiet, serene and folk-like, utilizing direct harmonies accompanying long, lyrical vocal lines. Agee's wondrous “Sure on this Shining Night” is set much like a song from the American musical theater, a genre for which I have held a life-long esteem. Rilke's poignant “Voici le soir” recalls the opening bell sounds and jazz-tinged chords of the first movement and serves as an epilogue, quietly concluding this cycle of night songs as darkness descends.


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Morten Lauridsen : A Cappella Choral Compositions : SATB : Sheet Music

Morten Lauridsen : A Cappella Choral Compositions

This collection of Lauridensen's aural artisanship contains hits such as "O Nata Lux," a serene a cappella motet celebrating the Redeemer, "Ubi Caritas Et Amor," a motet composed "in celebration and gratitude for the glorious and enduring service to God," as well as a setting of "Ave Maria" specially composed as a seventieth birthday gift to Maestro Salamunovich.

Songlist: O Nata Lux, Ave Maria, Ubi Caritas et Amor, Soneto de la Noche

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Voicing: SATB | 9231b | Sheet Music | $7.95 | A Cappella


Bemidji Choir and Chamber Singers : Come Close To Me : 00  1 CD : P. Bradley Logan

Bemidji Choir and Chamber Singers : Come Close To Me

Dr. P. Bradley Logan, Director of Choral Activities at Bemidji State University, Lake Bemidji, MN, conducts the venerable (founded in 1937) Bemidji Choir and Chamber Singers in "Come Close to Me," their eighth excellent, finely-crafted album in our Singers.com catalog. Favorites among the 20 selections are David Cerwien's lovely "Gloria in Excelsis Deo, Jakob Handl's "O Admirabile Commercium," Antonio Lotti's "Crucifixus," a pair by Z. Randall Stroope, "I Am Not Yours" and "Winter," Eric Whitacre's "Sleep," a pair by Morten Lauridsen, "Soneto de la Noche" and "Sure On This Shining Night" (both from "Nocturnes"), Eric Barnum's "Jenny Kiss'd Me," Musikanten's "Three Kyrie's " and Aaron McDermid's "Come Sing Me to Heaven," and three by the Chamber Singers, "As Long Ago, "As Once We Met" and "Summer Days Are Here," all by Daniel Gawthrop." There is some piano accompaniment. All these songs were recorded at live performances by these talented groups. Treat yourself to this beautiful, inspirational music from some of our favorite Collegiate ensembles!

Songlist: Gloria In Excelcis Deo, O Admirabile Commercium, Crucifixus, Deutsches Magnificat, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, I Am Not Yours, Winter, Sleep, Soneto de la Noche, Sure on This Shining Night, Jenny Kiss'd Me, Elegy on Water, Witness, Deep River, Set Down Servant, Three Kyries, Come Sing To Me Of Heaven, As Long Ago, As Once We Met, Summer Days Are Gone

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2766c | 1 CD | $15.95 | Some a cappella


Conspirare : A Company of Voices : 00  1 CD : Craig Hella Johnson : HMU 907534

Conspirare : A Company of Voices

This CD captures the exquisite sound of the choral ensemble Conspirare, as heard on a live national television broadcast. In this one-hour concert, contemporary music blends seamlessly with classical favorites, taking the listener and viewer on a journey of innovative sound, vibrant images and thought-provoking ideas.

Songlist: Sure on This Shining Night, Let the River Run, The Water is Wide, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, Will There Really Be a "Morning"?, Light of a Clear Blue Morning, Collage, Agnus Dei, Deep River , Gabriel's Oboe, Soneto de la Noche, When I Fall in Love, What If , Requiem , 1000 Beautiful Things, Triptych, I Love You , The First of My Lovers

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9125c | 1 CD | $18.95 | Primarily a cappella


Santa Fe Desert Chorale : Passion : 00  1 CD : Linda Mack : 923

Santa Fe Desert Chorale : Passion

Throughout history, the singing voice has been a vehicle for the expression of intense emotion. In Passion, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale performs a cappella settings that reflect the heart of human existence: passion for God, country, love and life itself. Although this recording of repertoire selected from the Chorale's 2005 summer season is focused on music of the 20th and 21st centuries, it encompasses a wide variety of harmonic rhythmic and stylistic elements.

Songlist: Laetentur Coeli, O Nata Lux, Chorale, Ave Maris Stella, Ye Shall Go Out With , Mary Speaks , Salve Regina , Soneto de la Noche, A Boy And A Girl , La Rosa, Puncha Puncha, Kpanlongo , Reggel, Beautiful River , My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord, Demos Gracias Al Senor Golijov, The Lark, Overture To Candide

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7979c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella


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Soneto de la Noche : SATB : Morten Lauridsen :  1 CD : 00229070 : 680160495931

Morten Lauridsen : Soneto de la Noche

Four poems sharing a common motif of 'Night' provide the texts for my choral cycle Nocturnes, the American Choral Directors Association's commissioned work for its 2005 national convention. For Rilke's atmospheric "Sa nuit d'ete," several melodic themes are supported by dense, colorful harmonies in both the choral and piano parts, leading to a climactic section where all are combined and stated simultaneously. Neruda's "Soneto de la Noche," from his Cien Sonetos de Amor, speaks of an eternal love that transcends death while reaffirming life. My a cappella setting of this gorgeous poem is predominantly quiet, serene and folk-like, utilizing direct harmonies accompanying long, lyrical vocal lines. Agee's wondrous "Sure on this Shining Night" is set much like a song from the American musical theater, a genre for which I have held a life-long esteem. Rilke's poignant "Voici le soir" recalls the opening bell sounds and jazz-tinged chords of the first movement and serves as an epilogue, quie

Arranger: Morten Lauridsen

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00229070

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