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. Over the next half year I wrote the first 10 suites, which have all been first performed and released on cd by now.
From 2016 I have begun a new series of In lumine Domine-suites - this time for organ + another instrument or a singer. This new series contains 8 suites for the moment: for organ + harp, flugelhorn, voice, alto flute, cornetto, viola, baroque cello and piano respectively - all having titles from danish poet Gustaf Munch-Petersens poems: "moon river", "shield signs", "hymn lilies", "night flower", "sun tones", "sea pupil", "creators dreams" and "ice fire". Later on new suites for vibraphone and bass clarinet with organ will come.
Each suite consists of 4 movements:
1: "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.
2: "Prelude" - a more metric piece with a fixed duration for the beginning of the service.
3: "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.
4: "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 February 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
From an evening service in Sakskøbing church January 22nd 2017, first performance with Mette Franck on harp:
- suite no. 11 "moon river" for harp and organ
From a concert in Sakskøbing church September 2nd 2017, first performances of 3 new suites:
- suite no. 15 "sun tones" for cornetto and organ (Lene Langballe and FCH)
- suite no. 16 "sea pupil" for viola and organ (Mette Brandt and FCH)
- suite no. 17 "creators dreams" for baroque cello and organ (Kjeld Lybecker Steffensen and FCH)
- BONUSTRACK from the same concert: the first performance of a small improvisation mosaic for all four participating musicians
From the concert in Sakskøbing church August 18th 2018 with Henrik Wenzel Andreassen and Kevin Borbye Edelvang:
- suite no. 14 "night flower" for alto flute and organ
In december 2014 suites 1-10 were released on a tripel-cd on Helikon Records (see photo first on this page). It is for sale for 175 Dkr. incl. postage by contacting the composer
The sheet music for the first 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.
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