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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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Lux Aeterna
Written by "Morten Lauridsen"
Performed by "Polyphony and Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Stephen Layton"
Courtesy of Hyperion Records
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A revolutionary film about beauty
6 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Viewing 'Shining Night' was a life-changing experience for my choirs and our audience. Michael Stillwater has captured the essence of Lauridsen's genius in a film that reminds us of what defines beauty. 'Shining Night' is sure to inspire a generation of choral musicians and audiences alike. Hopefully this will only be the beginning of Stillwater's films to document the greatness of American choral music.

The choirs used in this film represent some of the finest singers on the planet. The interpretations are highly expressive and musical, and the sound of the choirs is appropriate for the composer. I truly appreciate the variety of the choirs utilized for the film, and the insight given by the conductors and singers in the interviews add to the overall effect.

The cinematography is exquisite. Lauridsen's home is artfully represented and the beauty of the island and the simplicity of Lauridsen's life draws a close parallel to the power of his music.

'Shining Night' most closely comes toward defining beauty as any film that I've experienced.


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