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O Come, Let Us Sing unto the Lord
from Two Anthems SATB and Organ Sheet Music Book
By Morten Lauridsen

SATB and Organ Choral (SATB, Organ)
From Two Anthems SATB and Organ. Composed by Morten Lauridsen (1943-). Peermusic Classical. Classical. Softcover. 18 pages. Peermusic Classical #62181-122. Published by Peermusic Classical (HL.229118).

Item Number: HL.229118

7.0x10.5x0.063 inches.

These two anthems are examples of Lauridsen's style in embryo, as it were, for both were written while the composer was just twenty-seven years old. Both anthems evince the contrapuntal mastery that would prove an enduring feature of the composer's technique. The pure and austere lines of "I will lift up mine eyes," an a cappella setting of Psalm 121, evoke ancient organum and the imitative devices of Medieval polyphony. Complex chord structures and elaborate canonic procedures give "O come, let us sing unto the Lord" a sense of inexorable forward momentum. The coruscating organ part further enhances the prevailing mood of joy that pervades this anthem. --Byron Adams.

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  • July 02, 2012 Rhythmically Exuberant.

    Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943) perhaps the most performed American composer of choral music, is known for both his serene and subliminal motets for chorus. But for a change of pace, seasoned choruses should consider Lauridsens' exuberant and exciting "O Come." Aside from its rhythmic exhilaraties, it also demonstrates Lauridsens' understanding...

    of canonic procedures. As an interesting note, this is also one the few pieces from Lauridsen to be scored for Organ, as the accompaniment instrument rather than the piano. Listen to the recording from Polyphony, under the direction of Stephen Layton.

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