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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The angel in this instance has bright golden colors and remains somewhat somnolent, but dreams of “war” “bellorum,” with its associated images of tears, gilded shields, and swords set to a wonderfully ominous set of deep dissonances and even polytonalities. After you start the playback, make sure you hit the HQ button for highest quality.

It had to be singable, and employ the kind of vowels and consonants Eric likes to set. Charles Anthony Silvestri, b.

The composer conducting, in 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.

Volemus iterum, Alte supra murum; Angeli renascentes et exultantes as alas Aurararum, Aurorum, Somniorum. And the Latin had to be correct—it had to conform to the rules of Latin grammar—to satisfy my need as a scholar.

Inhe wrote an arrangement for wind ensemble. Introspection Late Night Partying. The cello plays it here the descending octatonic line at the end of Eldest of All:. 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. The cello plays the theme as underscore:. Tears of the ages. Differently from other works of the composer, the piece is suitable for church servicesespecially for Christmas.


The Four Quarters of Jerusalem. I had to settle at times for some Latin that strayed from what Cicero might have written, but which stayed certainly within the somewhat looser realm of Medieval usage. 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.

You are too heavy to carry, Too heavy for flight. Some years later, he decided to write a companion piece and apparently went even further into sonic determinism. The cello plays the theme as underscore: Gestu graves nimium, Graves nimium volatu. Retrieved 7 February The piece is also available for men’s choir. First, Eric had already composed much of the musical material; several distinct melodic motifs were already formed and essential to the structure of the piece.

Eric was very specific about the number of syllables in this line, the necessary word-painting in that line, etc. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Views Read Edit View history.

This chord is really the very first thing I wrote for Paradise Lostway back in January of Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. The composer writes in the printed score: Share on facebook twitter tumblr.

Nox Aurumque Night and Gold is the piece that just received its premiere in Minneapolis last month. A performance takes about four minutes.

Nox Aurumque – Blog – Eric Whitacre

The Latin had to communicate accurately the images Eric wished to evoke about this angel, all within the already-established framework of the piece.

Aurum, Canens alarum, Canens umbrarum. Gold, Tarnished and weary, Awaken! Drinking Hanging Out In Love.


Gold, Singing of wings, Singing of shadows. Et angelum somnit aurorarum et bellorum, Saeculorum aurorum fundit lacrimas, Lacrimas rerum bellorum. The first piece had a surprising enough genesis: I humbly ask these critics to consider the nodus triplex with which I was presented, and see this poem for what it is—lyrics to a choral work, not a sequel to the Aeneid.

The cello plays it here the descending octatonic line erix the end of Eldest of All: After this 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.

Eric Whitacre – Nox Aurumque Lyrics

Hope, Faith, Life, Love: Gold, Singing of wings, Singing of shadows. Second, Eric had strong ideas about the meaning of the text. No doubt there will be quibblers who will question the choices I have made. 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. Third and most challengingthe text had to flow effectively in Latin.

Retrieved 21 May Compositions by Eric Whitxcre Contemporary classical compositions Choral compositions compositions Compositions in C-sharp minor Christmas music Concert band pieces. Dilabere ex armis in alam! That music that was already germinating in Whitacre ‘s mind immediately distinguishes itself from its companion Lux aurumque.

Choral Music by Eric Whitacre. It was published by Walton Music in