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Ecce beatam lucem

for SSAATTBB choir

Year:  2012   ·  Duration:  2m 20s

Year:  2012
Duration:  2m 20s

Composer:   David Hamilton

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About

The text of this work comes from the 40-part motet of the same name by Alessandro Striggio (c1540-1592). His work was the likely inspiration for the better-known 40-part motet of Thomas Tallis Spem in alium. It is believed that Striggio wrote the text himself. Striggio wrote both sacred and secular music, and all his surviving music is vocal (although often with instrumental doublings clearly indicated).

Ecce beatam lucem is a hymn of praise to the sun and more generally to all of creation, and by analogy to the power of God shown through his creation.

This piece was written for Choralation (Westlake Girls’ and Westlake Boys’ High Schools) and conductor Rowan Johnston who had requested a ‘fireworks’ piece – something short, bold and dramatic.


Commissioned note

Written for Choralation (Westlake Girls’ and Westlake Boys’ High Schools) and conductor Rowan Johnston


Text note

Text by Alessandro Striggio


Performance history

30 Mar 2012: Performed by Choralation at the Westlake Boys' High School auditorium, in Auckland.

17 Aug 2012: Performed by Westlake Boys' and Girls' High Schools' <i>Choralation</i> conducted by Rowan Johnston, at The Big Sing National Finale, in Wellington.