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O Nata Lux

for SSAATB choir

Year:  2005   ·  Duration:  5m 50s

Year:  2005
Duration:  5m 50s

David Hamilton

Composer:   David Hamilton

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 1-3 of score

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This piece sets the anonymous 10th century text “O nata lux” (“O light born of light...”). The hymn, in its full seven-verse version, served the Office of Lauds during the morning of the Feast of the Transfiguration.

The music is set in the key of E flat major, a key that always seems rich, warm and sonorous. There are relatively few accidentals, and much use is made of static harmonies, and imitative melodic writing, especially towards the end of the piece.

Originally written in 2005, the piece was substantially revised in 2020.

Text note

Latin 10th century hymn