Twelve Days of Christmas Music V

In which I reveal my slightly embarrassing fondness for neo-Romantic treacle.

Morton Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna–not entirely a Christmas piece, but the first movement, O Nata Lux, (text, and several medieval/Renaissance settings here) certainly qualifies. The fourth movement, Veni Sancte Spiritus (an ok performance, helped a good deal by a resonant performance space), is my favorite (text, other settings, notably Victoria, Schütz, here). This recording of the whole piece has to be considered definitive, I think.

And, as Seraphine noted yesterday, Lauridsen’s setting of O Magnum Mysterium is also lovely. (This may be as good a place as any to note that if you live in SLC and haven’t yet seen Brady Allred conduct, you should, ASAP. Also, the world needs more trombone choirs).


  1. Allred’s name has been a hallowed one in my family for a long time now. Most of my siblings took choir from him in high school, and my dad, sister, and brother-in-law were in his choirs for years (my dad still is). By all accounts, he is amazing.

  2. I’m not in the least bit embarrassed by my love for Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium. :) And here’s my favorite youtube rendition of the piece:

  3. Sublime!

  4. Mmmmm, I love Lauridsen’s O Magnum. We sang a TTBB version at BYU when I was in Men’s Chorus.

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