O Lux Beatissima

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SSAA some div, a cappella

Showcase your advanced treble choir with this luminescent a cappella setting of Latin excerpts from the Hymns, "Veni Sancte Spiritus" (12th c) and "Veni Spiritus" (10th c)

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Catalog Number: 
VMP018
Duration: 
3:45
Total Pages: 
8
Commissioned By: 
University of Mississippi Women's Glee
Premiere
Premiere Date: 
10/22/2011
Premiere Ensemble: 
University of Mississippi Women's Glee
Premiere Conductor: 
Dr. Debra Spurgeon
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Performances: 

University of Kentucky Women's Choir (Dr. Lori Hetzel, director) ACDA 2013 National Conference in Dallas; session demo work: "Treble By Choice: How to Unleash the Power and Beauty of the Female Voice in a Choral Ensemble"
Aurora (Sandra Peter Director) "Christmas at Luther" 2011

Reviews: 

"I was thrilled with our 2011 commissioned piece, O Lux Beatissima. My women's choir loves to sing Joan's music, in part, because it is so singable. She makes sure that every voice part has a beautiful line and the text is always connected so masterfully to the music. We had the opportunity to bring Joan to our campus last year and it was a wonderful experience to be inspired by her conducting as well as her compositions."

Debra Spurgeon, DMA

Text
Text Author or Source: 
anonymous, Hymns: "Veni Sancte Spiritus" (12th c) and "Veni Spiritus" (10th c)
Language: 
Latin
Text: 

O Lux beatissima
Réple córdis íntima
Tuórum fidelium
Accénde lúmen sénsibus,
Infúnde amórem córdibus,
Infírma nostri córporis,
Virtúte fírmans pérpeti

Translation: 

O light most blessed,
Fill the inmost heart
Of all thy faithful
Enkindle your light in our minds
Infuse your love into our hearts
Strengthen the frailties of our flesh
By your perpetual power.