Te Lucis Ante Terminum

Composer
Jonathan David
Composer Nationality
American
Composer Date of Birth
1965
Text
Liturgical
Year Composed
2015
Pages
8
Minutes
4:30
Difficulty
4 (Auditioned chorus)
Language
Latin
Voicing
4 part mixed chorus
Divisi
Yes
Solos
Tenor solo
Extended Techniques
Yes
Sacred or Secular
Sacred
Description

The chant tone used here permeates every level of the work, as the basis for ostinati, a melody for harmonization in the slow section, and a random texture underpinning the tenor solo. A prayer for comfort at the end of the day, composers have usually provided the text with a slow and serene atmosphere. I read some more urgency into the lines and thus my work proceeds at a more spirited pace. The frequent presence of 7/8 meter, implicit in the original chant itself, heightens the effect.

Group
C4
Performances
C4: 2015 Nov 19 & 21 (Vocal), cond. Townsend