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Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen (2012)

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A tribute to a living legend, celebrating the life and music of the artist whom musicologist Nick Strimple has called 'the only American composer in history who can be called a mystic'. ... See full summary »

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A tribute to a living legend, celebrating the life and music of the artist whom musicologist Nick Strimple has called 'the only American composer in history who can be called a mystic'. National Medal of Arts recipient and most frequently performed American choral composer, Morten Lauridsen spends summers on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest. Featuring intimate interviews in California, Scotland and Waldron Island, Washington, interwoven with performances of his masterworks and commentaries by music contemporaries. Revealed through the lens of his passion for nature and music, Lauridsen expresses a presence of fierce compassion and unwavering dedication to the craft of composition. First episode in the film series, 'In Search of The Great Song'. Written by Anonymous

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Lauridsen: MidWinter Songs
Composed by Morten Lauridsen
Performaed by The Singers/Minnesota Choral Artists
Conducted by Matthew Culloton
Courtesy of The Singers Recordings
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Soulfully Inspiring
3 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It was such a pleasure to meet both Morten and Michael at St. Patrick's, see a choir perform his music, live, followed by the viewing of Michael's film at the DC Independent Film Festival. Inspired, moved, and soulfully touched, doesn't begin to capture what the audience and all experienced at the showing.

The previous reviews captured some great perspective of what was shared and I echo their gratitude. This documentary is most definitely shared from the heart, passion, and soul, which was very evident and experienced by the audience. Absolutely worth the time to see, experience in your own relevant way, and I look forward to more of Michael's works that I know will be authentically captured. Thank you.


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