Dies Sanctificatus is inspired by the
Latin word for light, lux,
particularly as it is addressed in the text.
The computer generated part was constructed by manipulating recordings
of the St. Cloud State University choir singing the Gregorian plain chant
setting of the text, particularly the words díes
(day), illúxit (has dawned), veníte (come), adoráte (worship) and lux
(light). By, among other things,
emphasizing overtones present in the choir’s singing of the chant, I have
text-painted about light. I have also
employed a structural feature of late Medieval polyphony, that of having the
tenor (from Latin tenere, to hold)
sing one word over a long period of time, punctuated by moments of singing
rhythmically together with the other voices, the tenor part based on the
original Gregorian plain chant. I have
thus structured this work around an electronic, 20th century tenor.
Dies Sanctificatus was written at the
request of conductor Jeffrey Douma, for
the St. Cloud State University Concert Choir 1998 European Tour. Dies
Sanctificatus received its premier performance on 17 April 1998 by the St.
Cloud State University Concert Choir under the direction of Jeffrey Douma.
(translation by Carolyn Hartz)
sanctificátus illúxit nóbis: A holy day has dawned for us:
et adoráte Dóminum: come, people, and adore the Lord:
descéndit lux mágna super térram. for today a great light has descended
upon the earth.