About Morten Lauridsen
Is currently one of America’s most performed composers, with hundreds of performances each year throughout the world in venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Vatican, Sydney Opera House and Westminster Abbey. Over one million copies of his scores have been sold and his Dirait-on, O Magnum Mysterium and O Nata Lux have become the all-time best selling octavos distributed by the Theodore Presser Co., in business since 1783.
Recordings of Morten Lauridsen’s compositions are featured regularly on radio broadcasts throughout the United States, and he is a frequent interview guest on radio and television programs, including a recent KCET Life and Times program, the oft-repeated national broadcast of “A Portrait of Morten Lauridsen” on First Art, and a nationally-broadcast Christmas Day feature on NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. He has been profiled in several extended printed articles, including those in the Los Angeles Times “Calendar”, Seattle Times, Choral Journal, Choir and Organ, Chorus America’s Voice, Fanfare Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. He has received over four hundred commission requests, most recently from Harvard University, the American Choral Director’s Association and the Pacific Chorale, and is a frequent guest lecturer and Artist/Composer-in-Residence.
About O Magnum Mysterium
The image of the oxen and donkey next to the crib is found in Isaiah (Isa. 1.3) and is traditionaly related to the nativity scene at the birth of Jesus in Luke 2. Luke (Lk 2.7) does not mention animals, but a manger. In the apocryphal Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew, both animals are specifically named. The image continued to spread from the 13th century onwards when it was included in the Golden Legend. It became the most popular symbol for the mystery of the self-abasement of God in his Incarnation. (Phil 2,6-7). content provided by wikipedia