Composer:   Morten Lauridsen
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Peer Music Classical
Edition:   00228817
Voicing:   SATB div
Setting:   A Cappella


Kathy Romey
University of Minnesota 1996
R&R Chair College & University

This is a beautiful, Iyric setting of the ancient Christmas responsory. The work is divided into three sections which are both introspective and poignant in nature, without being overly sentimental. The homophonic writing creates a quietly sustained harmonic tension which resolves into cadences at the dominant or relative minor. The music builds slowly to the climax of the motet.