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Shining Light: The Music of Morten Lauridsen

In the immediate aftermath of September 11, 2001, at that time of great tragedy for the people of the United States of America, the Los Angeles Classical Radio Station KUSC-FM played over the air the Lux Aeterna by Morten Lauridsen, who is America’s leading contemporary composer of choral works. This was an inspired choice and it is an example of the phenomenon that certain really effective musical compositions can answer to a people’s deepest needs at times of crisis and extremity. Only a few years earlier, Sir John Tavener’s Song for Athene thus answered at the funeral service in Westminster…

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