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Lux Aurumque

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Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 4:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Choir
Publisher: Carpe Ranam, distributed by Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score - $25.00


Full Score
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (all parts div.)
B-flat Bass Clarinet (div.)
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (div.)
Tuba (div.)


In Parts:

  • Flute II, m,29, beat 3: Add quarter rest
  • Flute IV, m.29, beat 3: Add quarter rest>
  • Trumpet IV, m.31, beat 4: Delete slur to beat 1 of meas.
  • Trombone I, m.31, beat 1: Add courtesy natural sign to D

See Kish book in Resources (below) for errata.

Program Notes

From Wind Score:

Lux Aurumque began its life as an a-capella choral work that I wrote in the fall of 2000. When the Texas Music Educators Association and a consortium of bands commissioned me to adapt it for symphonic winds, I rewrote the climax and included the grand 'Bliss' theme from my opera Paradise Lost. Lux Aurumque received its premiere at the 2005 conference of the Texas Music Educators Association, and is dedicated with deep admiration for my dear friend Gary Green.

- Program Notes by Eric Whitacre

Commissioned by the Texas Music Educators Association for their 2005 All-State Band, Lux Aurumque is a lush and poignant adaptation of one of Eric Whitacre’s most popular choral works. Simple triads melt from one chord to the next, creating a slowly evolving wash of aural color. For his chorale setting, Whitacre had the original poem by Edward Esch (b. 1970) translated into Latin by Charles Anthony Silvestri. Here is Esch’s original poem:

warm and heavy as pure gold
and the angels sing softly
to the new-born baby.

- Program Note by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Orchestra

The Commission

Dick Clardy, Director
Klein High School

M. Robert Poulin, Director of Bands
Juan Seguin High School

Alfred Green, Director of Fine Arts
Irving Independent School District

Jeremy Earnhart, Director
L.D. Bell High School

Scott Taylor, Director
Richardson High School

Michael Watts, Director
Permian High School

Kerry Taylor
Westlake High School

Rob Myers
Flower Mound High School Wind Symphony

Tony Gibbs
Jack C. Hays High School Band

Mary Hymel, Director
Aldine High School

Mark Edenfield, Director
Spring High School

Greg Hull, Director
Van Mathews, Director
Ben Maughmer, Director
Haltom High School

Phillip Alvarado, Director
Rowlett High School

Steve Andre, Band Chairman
Texas Music Educators Association

From Vocal Score:

After deciding upon the poem by Edward Esch (I was immediately struck by its genuine, elegant simplicity), I had it translated into the Latin by the celebrated American poet Charles Anthony Silvestri. A simple approach is essential to the success of the work, and if the tight harmonies are carefully tuned and balanced, they will shimmer and glow.

Lux Aurumque


warm and heavy as pure gold
and the angels sing softly
to the new-born baby.

calida gravisque pura velut aurum
et canunt angeli molliter

modo natum.

Lux Aurumque was commissioned by the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, and is dedicated with love to my great friend Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe.

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • Georgia: V
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: IV
  • North Carolina: V
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Texas: IV. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Shepherd University (Shepherdstown, W.V.) Wind Ensemble (Griffin Haines, conductor) - 7 May 2021
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Snider Concert Band (Matt Smoot, conductor) - 25 April 2021
  • Shepherd University (Shepherdstown, W.V.) Wind Ensemble (Scott Hippensteel, conductor) - 23 April 2021
  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Steve Dailey, conductor) - 1 December 2020
  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Symphonic Winds (Travis Almany, conductor) - 29 November 2020
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Symphonic Band (Cheldon Williams, conductor) - 17 November 2020
  • Grand Street Community Band (Brooklyn, N.Y.) (David Blumenthal, conductor) – 14 December 2019
  • University of Colorado Boulder Concert Band (Jason Steinmetz, conductor) – 9 December 2019
  • East Tennessee State University (Johnson City) Wind Ensemble (Christian Zembower, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla) Wind Symphony (David Samson, conductor) – 10 November 2019
  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 3 November 2019
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Concert Band (Scott Teeple, conductor) – 22 October 2019
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Orchestra (Christopher J. Woodruff, conductor) – 9 June 2019
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Wind Symphony (David Kehler, conductor) – 11 May 2019
  • Newtown (Conn.) High School Wind Ensemble (Kurt Eckardt, conductor) – 24 May 2019 (Carnegie Hall, New York)
  • Heart of Texas (San Antonio) Concert Band (R. Mark Rogers, conductor)– 5 May 2019
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Concert Band (Matthew Morse, conductor) – 1 May 2019
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, Tx.) University Band (David Campo, conductor) – 16 April 2019
  • University of Evansville (Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Kenneth Steinsultz, conductor) - 16 April 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • The Seal Lullaby (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Ambrose) (2011/2021)
  • Sing Gently (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Mösenbichler-Bryant) (2020/2021)

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