In lumine Domini (English version)
"In lumine Domini" is a very special project. Originally inspired by Charles Tournemire (1870-1939) and his huge work "L´orgue mystique". Later turned into a specific project about organ music to be used in services of a more quiet and meditative kind, usually as a contrast to the high mass.
Tournemire wrote 51 suites, each of them with five movements and a duration of about 15-20 minutes - one suite for each of the services during a church year (minus the ones without organ music). "L´orgue mystique" has always struck me as an achievement, which is grand in its vision as well as in its completion. I got the thought, that we lacked a similar work in the lutheran tradition, eventhough Tournemires music can be used in Danish services too (I have witten an article about this on orgelforum.dk- in Danish). Especially the increasingly frequent "extra services" with a more mediative mood, that gains more and more popularity in Denmark, demands music with a tightness in the material as an alternative to more or less random selections of organ music by different composers. Here was the idea for "In lumine Domini". I applied for financial support from a fund under the Danish Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs and was awarded an amount equal to two months salary as a full time organist. This way I could take two months leave in september and october 2012 with the sole purpose of writing music. The project is temporarily on halt after the completion of 10 suites, which can be downloaded for free at the bottom of this page. I believe I will continue the project in a while, but for now I am concentrating on recording the first 10 suites during 2014, if I can raise funds for it.
Each suite consists of 4 movements:
"Music for gathering" - a piece consisting of modules, which can be stretched as long as necessary (or as long as it is interesting). It should be played, while the congregation assembles in the church.
"Prelude" - a more metric piece with a fixed duration for the beginning of the service.
"Mosaic" - yet another modular piece with a flexible duration, which can be used as a kind of background music for the communion, the lightning of candles, contemplation on readings from the Bible etc.
"Postlude" - most often a piece with a fixed duration to conclude the service. These pieces sometimes has the function of a kind of transitional music from the meditative space of the church to the vibrant world outside.
Of course the suites can be played at concerts as well, but they are originally written for the use at services.
Suite no. 1 was written already in 2011-12. It received its first performance on August 23rd 2012 in the church of Sakskøbing, where I am the organist. It was as part of a programme exclusively with first performances of Danish organ music. Listen to the 4 movements here:
Suite no. 9 was first performed on boxing day 2012 - listen to it here:
Suite no. 7 was first performed on Februar 3rd 2013 - listen to it here:
Suite no. 7 is on Youtube as well:
From a concert in the Jerusalem Church, Copenhagen july 24th 2014::
- suite no. 2
- suite no. 4
The sheet music for all 10 suites can be downloaded below for free, but please let me know if you perform it and what are your experiences with it. If you tell me in advance, I will publish your performance on this page. Write to me on fch(ad)giflerne.dk.
In december 2014 all 10 suites was released on a triple-cd from Helikon Records (best label for orgen music in Denmark).
(Look: left click on the filename - Download: right click on the filename and choose "Save link/destination as...")