More Christmas listening: ‘Lux Aurumque’

by Kevin Birnbaum

Eric Whitacre is the rock star of the choral world. His innovative “virtual choir” is a phenomenon, watched by millions online. And this lovely piece, “Lux Aurumque,” is perfect for the Christmas season.

The text is a Latin translation (by Charles Anthony Silvestri) of an English poem, “Light and Gold,” by Edward Esch:

Lux,
calida gravisque
pura velut aurum
et canunt angeli
molliter modo natum.
Light,
warm and heavy
as pure gold,
and the angels sing softly
to the newborn babe.

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