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O coruscans lux stellarum

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O coruscans lux stellarum

Product Number: 6562

Composer: Ferko, Frank

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The text O coruscans lux stellarum was written by the 12th century German abbess Hildegard von Bingen and originally set to chant by her. This setting uses quoted portions of the original chant as well as variants thereof... It takes the form of a diptych: two panels in contrasting musical styles, one polyphonic and the other homophonic... The first panel presents the first half of the text with rhythmically active counterpoint which remains consistently in one harmonic color. The second panel presents the second half of the text with much less rhythmic motion but with significantly heightened harmonic color."

O sparkling light of the stars,
o most resplendent special form of the regal marriage,
o brilliant jewel:
you are adorned as a noblewoman
who has no blemishing wrinkle.
You remain in the company of angels
and a citizen of the holy places.
Flee, flee the cave of the ancient destroyer,
and come, enter into the palace of the King.

Additional Information

Product Number 6562
Composer Ferko, Frank
Text Author Hildegard von Bingen
Voicing & Instruments TTBB divisi, a cappella
Difficulty Difficult
Historical Period 20th Century
Publisher E. C. Schirmer Music Company

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