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Lux aeterna, "May everlasting light shine upon them, O Lord"

Normally a part of the requiem mass, if I ever decide to write a requiem mass I'll have one piece finished already! But for now, this is as it is.

The idea started when my father had a heart attack which of course frightened me a lot. I found peace and calm in composing this. 

I'm not entirely too happy with the B- and F-part ("cum sanctis tuis in aeternum"), although I really like the ending ("quia pius es.") so I'm leaving it as it is for now, until something better comes along.

If I continue writing other parts of the requiem, I'll probably be using the D-part of this piece as a beginning, so it returns in this piece (which comes later in the requiem mass).

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Hi. This is beautiful. I guess it should (or shall) be seen in the context of the whole project. I tell you this because the texture in the piece is always vertical in the choral style. I dnon't think this is bad, but an entire mass in this way would be tiring.

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I really, really love the color you use in this piece as far as harmony goes. The chord changes and sudden tonicizations are just wonderful, it reminds me a lot of Ola Gjeilo's writing. The piece really has a peaceful mood, and it works quite well. I was almost wishing that a forte or climactic section happened a bit later in the piece, than the first couple of phrases. Then again, a calm mood for the whole piece may have been what you were going for, as a lot of Lux Aeterna settings are very peaceful. I think in the context of a whole Requiem Mass, it would be enchanting. About your struggles with the text "cum sanctis tuis in aeternam", I think it would be really cool to play with the idea of building up to a big cadential moment on that text and then completely interrupting it with the solo you wrote. I really like the ending too, as I feel it's certainly open ended enough to go into another movement if you keep writing the mass! Beautiful job all in all!! 

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Not bad overall but some less "copy-paste" would make it even better. Example: why are bars 1-2 and 3-4 completely the same? Bars 3-4 might be better with added tones in tenor or with divisi female chords, keeping the interval progress intact.

I was also expecting more active voice leading from bar 31 onwards. It is becoming too static.

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