SATB choir (choir divisi) unaccompanied - Intermediate
Composed by Zebulon M. Highben. Lent, Funeral, Tenebrae, 21st Century, Hope/Assurance. Octavo. Duration 4 minutes, 30 seconds. E.C. Schirmer Publishing #8705. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.8705).
Item Number: EC.8705
ISBN 600313487057. Latin. John 1:5.
The text of Lux in tenebris--a single verse from the prologue to the gospel of John--was chosen in conjunction with the commissioning party, who requested a sacred text with universal appeal that could address the hopes and fears that all people share. The composition elaborates on the text's juxtaposition between the darkness of despair and the light of hope. Dissonant, layered ostinati built on fragments of the text illustrate the omnipresent darkness (mm. 1-25). The second half of the piece (m. 29ff.) changes key and meter, employing the entire text to emphasize the persistent shining and eternal triumph of the light. Duration: 4:30