Saturday, May 15, 2010

Global Lutheran Choir Now Forming!

Virtual Choirs can be pretty awesome. Check out this recording by composer and conductor Eric Whitacre.


Lux calida gravisque
pura velut aurum canunt
et canunt angeli
canunt molliter natum
modo natum.

A virtual choir is now forming. Details are sketchy but Dan from Lutheran Time Out and Matthew from Radical Grace Radio are involved, along with yours truly.

We will start with just recorded voices, so a simple headset and free software on your home computer will do. Video may come later in the project.

What you will need:

If you are interested in participating in this project, join our facebook group! Please let us know what part you sing or what instrument you play.

In the mean time, here is another setting of Lux Aurumque. Translation will follow in a future post. My Latin resources are limited right now.


  1. Ahhhh "Lux Arumque" I wish I had the internet to listen to the recording. We sang it in school choir fall semester but the choir was lacking in choir skills. :p

  2. This is pretty awesome! I of course used my vast knowledge of Latin (aka..GOOGLE) and it has failed me. Imagine the possiblities with this though......

  3. @Anan: Reminds me of the concert I attended where the choir sang "Spem in Alium" by Thomas Tallis. It is a 40-voice choir piece (I think eight SSATB choirs). It didn't go all that well, but I applaud them for taking on the task.

    Some years later, I was in a graduate class where the professor said, "you really only need 40 people to pull this one off," implying that it didn't take much effort if you could get 40 people together. I piped in, "You mean, 40 people WHO CAN COUNT."

  4. @Steve: I took two years of Latin in high school, and use an on-line Latin-English dictionary, but this one really stumped me.

    I sent it over to a guy who knows way more Latin than I, so we will see if it comes back.


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