O Nata Lux

From Wind Repertory Project
Guy Forbes

Guy Forbes (arr. Preston Hazzard)

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Choir
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba (or String Bass)
Percussion, including:

  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In 2005, Guy Forbes began writing choral music, and he has quickly received critical acclaim for his work. His first SATB composition was O Nata Lux, which won the 2006 Vanguard Voices Premieres Choral Composition Contest and has since been performed by university choirs across the country. Originally conceived as a choral work by Dr. Forbes, this has been skillfully transcribed for winds by Preston Hazzard. The opening section of this beautiful lyric piece is meant to depict light breaking upon a darkened world. Filled with vibrant instrumental colors and textures, this piece expands to a climax, followed by a serene closing passage.

- Program Note from Baylor University Concert band concert program, 1 March 2020

The anonymous O nata lux de lumine is the office hymn at Lauds of the Feast of the Transfiguration (Aug. 6, more recently observed by Anglicans and Lutherans on the last Sunday before Lent.) A metrical version in English is O Light of light, by love inclined translated by Laurence Housman for The English Hymnal, 1906.

- Program Note from Choral Public Domain Library

For the Creekview High School Wind Symphony, Carrollton, Tx.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: III
  • Maryland: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High B
  • South Carolina: III
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Texas: III. Complete


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