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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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Cast overview:
Morten Lauridsen ... Himself
Dana Gioia Dana Gioia ... Himself
Paul Salamunovich Paul Salamunovich ... Himself
Robert Geary Robert Geary ... Himself
Paul Mealor Paul Mealor ... Himself
Alex Shapiro Alex Shapiro ... Herself
Nicol Matt Nicol Matt ... Himself
Ola Gjeilo Ola Gjeilo ... Himself
Gary Malkin Gary Malkin ... Himself
Giselle Wyers Giselle Wyers ... Herself
Aundrea Schindler Aundrea Schindler ... Herself
David Loyd David Loyd ... Himself
Ryan Drum Ryan Drum ... Himself


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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island | nature | silence | healing | chorus | See All (7) »


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7 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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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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Transcendent Film
20 October 2012 | by bbcastingSee all my reviews

Eugene International Film Festival showed this film and I was fortunate to be in the audience, a healthy turnout for this most beautiful film. The man is one of Nature's Gentlemen, in tune to his muse. Southern California based Lauridsen is very well known and he is considered one of the modern American great composers of spiritual music. His canon of work is sublime, and the definition of sublime as spoken by one of the speakers in this well-produced bio- documentary speaks to the higher nature of understanding that few attain and understand. He is a minister and music is his message. Clearly a man of Christian faith, he makes a definitive case that belief and perseverance can lead to manifest breakthroughs in art, at the highest level, only if the artist truly accepts his creative spirit as the leading, guiding force in his/her life. "Be able to drop everything and go, when needed, to create," This films subject says.

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