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for SATB Chorus, Piano, and Percussion
optional Chamber Orchestra or String Orchestra accompaniments

Text by Aurelius Prudentius Clemens
Elaine Hagenberg Music - EH1013


Nox, the third movement from Illuminare, offers your singers a thrilling and satisfying vocal experience from start to finish. Sensing an ominous shadow on the horizon, the choir sings the traditional Kyrie text. Then, a percussive B-minor blast of fury disrupts the world as the text turns to “Nox et tenebrae” (night and darkness). Accented rhythms and mixed meter further create chaos, confusion, and despair. With its dynamic range and rhythmic intensity, Nox is a great contrast piece for concerts or festivals. Scored for piano and percussion or chamber orchestra accompaniments.


Kyrie eleison. Christe eleison. Nox et tenebrae et nubila, confusa mundi et turbida Caligo terrae scinditur percussa solis spiculo Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Night and darkness and fog, confused world and turmoil dark gloom tears the earth beats and stabs the sun - Prudentius Clemens

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