Celebrating Morten Lauridsen – Inspiration from Waldron Island

Video #2: Inspiration from Waldron Island

There’s no doubt that composer Morten Lauridsen has helped to shape the vocal repertoire of the 21st century – but his own artistic voice was also shaped by spirited forces. In the second video of our series, Lauridsen talks about his roots in the Pacific Northwest and the tranquility that he discovered on Washington’s Waldron Island. To this day, the island serves as an inspiration for the composer – and a refuge for his work.


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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