The Litany of Light (2007)
for SATB Chorus, Baritone and Soprano Soloists, Brass Quintet, Timpani, and Organ
Text by Elizabeth Kirschner
- Memory’s Torch
- The Swift Seasons
- The Sounds of Highest Praise
Harvard University Choir; Edward Elwyn Jones, conductor
Duration: 13 min.
Dedication: in celebration of its 75th anniversary (1932-2007) and dedicated to the Harvard University Choir, Edward Elwyn Jones, Gund University Organist and Choirmaster
Commission: Commissioned by The Memorial Church, Harvard University
Publisher: Musik Fabrik
The Litany of Light (2007) for SATB choir, baritone and soprano soloists, brass quintet, timpani, and organ was commissioned by The Memorial Church at Harvard University in celebration of its 75th anniversary (1932–2007) and is dedicated to the Harvard University Choir, Edward Elwyn Jones, Gund University Organist and Choirmaster.
The text, written by American poet Elizabeth Kirschner, is a joyous celebration of the past, present, and future of faith, experience, and history. The musical centerpiece of the work is hymn-like setting of a stanza (beginning “Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul!”) from the extended poem The Chambered Nautilus of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809–1894), chosen specifically to represent the 75th anniversary of The Memorial Church at Harvard by Peter J. Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in The Memorial Church.