Monday, August 26, 2013

Monday Music: Sure on this Shining Night

Morten Lauridsen Has composed some of the most beautiful choral work I have heard. Here is his choral setting of the poem by James Agee. Agee is perhaps best know for his book, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, written in collaboration with photographer Walker Evans. "Sure on this Shining Night" is a beautiful example of sensitive, evocative poetry set to wondrous and equally evocative music.



[Note: The soundtrack for the video above has been removed for copywright reasons. You can see and hear the Westminster Chorus performing the same work at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_WimyX3gC4]

Sure on this Shining Night

Sure on this shining night
Of star-made shadows round
Kindness must watch for me
This side the ground.

The late year lies down the north,
All is healed, all is health
High summer holds the earth,
Hearts all whole.

Sure on this shining night
I weep for wonder
Wandr’ing far alone
Of shadows on the stars.

James Agee (1909-1955) 
From “Description of Elysium,” stanzas 6-8, in Permit Me Voyage, (1934)


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2 comments:

  1. You always write and post the nicest things! This is beautiful. Thank you!

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  2. More Mondays should start this way.

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