O nata lux de lumine (Wytze Oostenbrug)
- Editor: Wytze Oostenbrug (submitted 2021-06-13). Score information: A4, 3 pages, 91 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
Title: O Nata Lux de Lumine
Composer: Wytze Oostenbrug
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Motet
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 2019
Description: O Nata Lux de Lumine is an anonymous text for the celebration of the Lauds at the Feast of the Transfiguration (August 6). The lauds (laudes) form the morning prayer of the Holy Office or Liturgy of the Hours. The Latin laudes is the plural of laus which means praise.
I wrote O Nata Lux out of admiration for Morten Lauridsen's composition, where it forms the middle part of the 5-part cycle for choir and orchestra Lux Aeterna. This part is also regularly performed a cappella.
As a tribute to Lauridsen, I have taken the liberty of using the opening as well as the final chord from him. In between, however, it's entirely my work!
Original text and translations
O nata lux de lumine,
O, uit licht geboren licht,