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Light of the World

Instrumentation: Unaccompanied SATB chorus

Duration: ca. 3 minutes

Text: Text by Mark Harbison

Year composed: 2009

Place composed: Costa Mesa, CA

Program Notes: This Christmas carol was composed for the 2009 American Composers Forum/VocalEssence Welcome Christmas Carol Contest, with text written by the composer’s brother, Mark Harbison. The text describes various appearances of light in the Christmas story (the light of the archangel Gabriel appearing to Mary, the light of the angels appearing to the shepherds, the star that appears to the Magi, and ultimately the light of the open tomb of the Resurrection), and the music seeks to portray light through the bright chords written for the chorus.