O nata lux

O nata lux : Vocal score

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for SATB (with divisions) unaccompanied
Alan Smith's setting of the Latin hymn at Lauds for The Feast of Transfiguration is stately and solemn. Featuring imitative entries that open out into rich, expansive textures at climactic moments, the anthem is an appealing alternative to the well-known setting by Thomas Tallis.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 8 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 1mm | 18g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193514230
  • 9780193514232

Review quote

George Herbert's poem 'Listen, sweet Dove' has a setting by Grayston Ives that is well known. Alan Smith has created an equally memorably piece, written in compound time with duplets enhancing the effect. This attractive setting will be particularly useful at Pentecost, baptisms, confirmations and other services where the Holy Spirit is specially invoked. Since Tallis composed his superb version of O nata lux, others have also been inspired to set it to music . . .
and now, in shorter and simpler style, Alan Smith has composed his version . . . the performance needs to be unaccompanied and the choir must be comfortable dividing into eight parts. Well performed, this would be an attractive and useful anthem. * Gordon Appleton, www.rscm.com, June 2017 *
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About Alan Smith

Alan Smith was born in London and studied as Organ Scholar at Kings College, London, from 1981 to 1984. At the same time, he specialised in composition, studying with Nicola LeFanu and David Lumsdaine. Having completed his postgraduate training at the London Institute of Education, Alan began his teaching career in Croydon. Alan first came to prominence as a composer in 1990 when he won the RSCM's annual composing competition. His winning piece, Let the Peoples
Praise You, O God, has subsequently been widely performed and remains one of his best known works. Since 1998, Alan has been Director of Music at St Andrew's Church in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, England.
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