After deciding upon the poem by Edward Esch (I was immediately struck by its genuine, elegant simplicity), I had it translated into the Latin by the celebrated American poet Charles Anthony Silvestri. A simple approach was essential to the success of the work, and I waited patiently for the tight harmonies to shimmer and glow.
Lux Aurumque was commissioned by the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, and is dedicated with love to my great friend Dr. Jo Michael Scheibe.
The TTBB arrangement of Lux Aurumque was commissioned by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. It is dedicated to its conductor, Dr. Bruce Mayhall.
The Wind Symphony transcription was commissioned by the Texas All State band. It is dedicated to Maestro Gary Green.
The String Orchestra transcription was commissioned by the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. I conducted the premiere.
I transcribed Lux Aurumque for full orchestra in 2015 and premiered it with the Minnesota Orchestra in May of that year. If you’re interested in performing Lux Aurumque for orchestra, please email Meg Davies at Music Productions.
Lux Aurumque (Light and Gold)
Calida gravisque pura velut aurum
Et canunt angeli molliter
warm and heavy as pure gold
and angels sing softly
to the new-born babe.
(Translated to Latin by Charles Anthony Silvestri)