Celebrating Morten Lauridsen – “Sure on this Shining Night”

Based on a poem by James Agee, Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure on this Shining Night” has become one of the composer’s most recognized choral works, performed by ensembles the world over. In the eighth video of our ongoing series, Lauridsen traces the roots of this beloved setting and sketches its themes at the piano.


In this revealing series, Lauridsen will discuss his student days at USC, the inspiration he draws from the quiet of his simple retreat on Washington’s Waldron Island, the influence of poetry in his music, and his relationship with USC Thornton, both as a faculty member and three-time alumnus. Lauridsen also offers an intimate glimpse into the creation of some of his most beloved pieces, including “O Magnum Mysterium” and “Sure on this Shining Night.”

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