LUX: The Dawn From On High

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New and Inspirational Works

by Dan Forrest

Spring 2024 Concert Notes

Tina Johns Heidrich, Conductor
Joseph Jacovino, Jr., Accompanist
Connecticut Master Chorale Orchestra
Spring Ahead!

Daylight Saving Time
begins on Concert Day

Sunday March 10, 2024 - 3:00 pm
First Congregational Church, Danbury, Connecticut

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Background on Dan Forrest

Meet Dan Forrest in this YouTube interview conducted by Atlanta Master Chorale Artistic Director, Eric Nelson. Dr. Forrest speaks about his upbringing and motivation, and explains what inspires him to compose such emotive choral music. At about 16 minutes in, he describes how he came to write i thank You God for most this amazing day which we will be performing at our concert.

This episode of "Spirited Conversations: Behind the Scores" was broadcast live on October 4, 2021.

These concert notes were sourced from Dan Forrest's Web Site.

LUX: The Dawn From On High

Dan Forrest

Dan Forrest
(b. 1978)

LUX: The Dawn From On High is Dan Forrest's third major work for SATB chorus and orchestra. This five-movement work explores various facets of LUX (Latin for "light"), in texts ranging from ancient liturgical chant to Scripture to modern secular love poetry. The music of LUX, written in 2018, was inspired thematically and spiritually by these profound texts; visually by the light in the Reims Cathedral in France and at the Poulnabrone Dolmen in Ireland; and musically by a variety of musical sources from ancient chant to modern minimalist composers.

The title invokes the dual meaning of the text of the first movement, where the light of dawn gradually ascends into the sky, yet the Light of the world descends from the sky- a "Dawn from on High". As a whole, the five movements trace a symmetrical journey through time- from ancient prophecy, to today ("even after all this time"), and then back again; or from another perspective, from a day's dawn, through the sun's high point in the sky, and then to the setting of the sun on the horizon at the end of day.

The first movement offers the promise of future light, and the hope of dawn is repeatedly heard in the text and evoked by the music. The second movement uses contrasting musical meters and keys to portray its text about light courageously shining in darkness. This movement finishes somewhat open-ended, not with a glib ending, reflecting the nature of light that must continue to shine through darkness. The third movement flashes ahead to today, seeing the sun as a metaphor for unconditional love that "lights the whole sky". The fourth movement continues the "light in the sky" motif with a joyful, jazz-influenced setting of the "Gloria in excelsis" text from the Scriptural nativity story. The fifth movement closes out the "day" with an ancient evening hymn, presented in unison, then in increasingly complex canons, before a closing section provides closure and unity between these multiple facets of light.

Dan Forrest

The Music of Living

This powerful and inspirational work is an exuberant setting of a text teeming with the joy and optimism of life.

i thank You God for most this amazing day

Brimming with the gladness of a new day surrounded by life and beauty, this song uniquely captures the magic of e.e. cummings beloved poem.

Light Beyond Shadow

Forrest's exquisite setting, written during 2020, of Paul Wigmore's text, invokes light, glory, love, peace, and hope.

Hallelu Yah

Three settings of "Hallelujah Psalms" that range from invigorating to deeply touching to dancing for joy!