Lux Aurumque (Light of Gold)
American composer Eric Whitacre composed the contemporary choral tone poem Lux Aurumque on commission from the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay.
The work is a setting of a Latin Nativity poem by Edward Esch:
calida gravisque pura velut aurum
(warm and heavy as pure gold)
et canunt angeli molliter
(and the angels sing softly)
( to the newborn baby.)
Last year, composer Whitacre sent out a worldwide call for singers to send a video of themselves singing a part of Lux Aurumque. He chose 185 singers from 12 countries, the combined them into a virtal choir. Turn up the speakers and bask in the result.
Now, remember that Jesus is calling to himself a redeemed people from “every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Rev. 5:9) who at his second advent will sing as one great choir to His glory. In that place there will be no need for a light “for the Lord God will be their light.” (Rev.22:5)
Lux Aurumque, indeed!