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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
Bb Clarinet I-II-III (all parts div.)
Bb Bass Clarinet (div.)
Bassoon I-II
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (div.)
Tuba (div.)


Flute 2, Measure 29 (part) - Quarter rest on beat 3 is missing
Flute 4, Measure 29 (part) - Quarter rest on beat 3 is missing

See Kish book in Additional 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

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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


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  • 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
  • University of Delaware (Newark) Wind Ensemble (Andrea Shabazian, conductor) – 21 March 2019
  • Henderson State University (Arkansas) Symphony Band (Shaun R. Popp, conductor) - 10 March 2019
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee) Concert Band (Erin Meissner, conductor) – 7 December 2018
  • Contra Costa Wind Symphony (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (Brad Hogarth, conductor) – 2 December 2018
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Isaiah Odajima, conductor) – 30 November 2018
  • Bakersfield (Calif.) Winds (John Biller, conductor)– 19 November 2018

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Eric Whitacre website.
  • Kish, David. (2014). Guides to Band Masterworks. Volume IV. Delray Beach, Fla.: Meredith Music Publications, 2014. pp. 49–82.
  • Lourens, Alan. "Lux Aurumque. MBM Times, Issue 6 (2012), 59.
  • Stewart, Scott A. "Lux Aurumque." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 383-387. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.