Stream Nox Aurumque by ericwhitacre from desktop or your mobile device. Lyrics to ‘Nox Aurumque’ by Eric Whitacre: Gold, Tarnished and dark, Singing of night, Singing of death, Singing itself to sleep. And an angel dreams of. Lyrics for Nox Aurumque (Night and Gold) by Eric Whitacre. Aurum, (Gold) Infuscatum noctis, (Tarnished and dark) Canens noctis, (Singing of.

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Gold, Singing of wings, Singing of shadows.

Compositions by Eric Whitacre Contemporary classical compositions Choral compositions compositions Compositions in C-sharp minor Christmas music Concert band pieces. You are too heavy to carry, Too heavy for flight. Silvestri took on the challenge with all good graces, though in his own words he begs forgiveness for the number of times he deviates from solid Ciceronian grammar into quasi-medieval usage in order to follow the dictates of Whitacre ‘s most-favored vowels and already-composed melodies and syllabic counts.

Though both pieces begin with a meditation on the first Latin word, Nox aurumque begins on the earthly word “gold,” and its chords are more tinged with dissonance.

It is a Christmas piece based on a Latin poem of the same name, which translates as “Light, warm and heavy as pure gold, and the angels sing softly to the new born babe “.


The composer writes in nnox printed score: And an angel reic of sunrise, And war. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. The cello plays the theme as underscore: He asked his poet friend Anthony Silvestri, however, first to translate the English poetic text into sounds of Latin and wrote music for that Latin version and its “purer” vowels.

Retrieved from ” https: Here is a summation of our process together, recalled by the poet himself:.

Nox Aurumque, Eric Whitacre Choral – Hal Leonard Online

It had to be singable, and employ the kind of vowels and consonants Eric likes to set. Differently from other works of the composer, the piece is suitable for church servicesespecially for Christmas.

Whitacre came to his poet this time with not just an English text to render in Latin, but with an aesthetic and emotional concept — complete with musical phrases already written — and asked Silvestri to write an original Latin poem to embody them.

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Eric Whitacre – Nox Aurumque Lyrics

The choral version became known through Whitacre’s project Virtual Choir in After aurunque uplifting possibility, a third meditation on gold mediates between the consonant and dissonant harmonies, as if literally tarnished and unclear; the final musical gestures are two angelic songs of incongruously flapping wings in the tenors and shadows depicted in a disconcerting bimodal cadence, simultaneously in both major and minor modes.


Et angelum somnit aurorarum et bellorum, Saeculorum aurorum fundit lacrimas, Lacrimas rerum bellorum. The piece is also available for men’s choir. It was published by Walton Music in Gold, Tarnished and weary, Awaken!

This witacre was last edited on 17 Novemberat Let us soar again, High above this wall; Angels reborn and rejoicing with wings made Of dawn, Of gold, Of dream. The Text Aurum, Infuscatum et obscurum, Canens noctis, Canens mortis, Acquiescens canendo… Et angelum somnit aurorarum et bellorum, Saeculorum aurorum fundit lacrimas, Lacrimas rerum bellorum.

Nox Aurumque – Blog – Eric Whitacre

Retrieved 22 May The cello plays it here the descending octatonic line at the end of Eldest of All: After you start the playback, make sure you hit the HQ button for highest quality.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Some years erix, he decided to write a companion piece and apparently went even further into sonic determinism.

The inspiration for the work was a short poem in English, “Light and Gold”, by Edward Esch bornwhich begins with the nos “Light” and ends “angels sing softly to the new-born babe”. Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre The composer conducting, in