Lux Antiqua
for spatialized choir SSAATB

Jordan Nobles
Jordan Nobles
Composition Date: 2011
Duration: 00:06:00
Genre: Choral (9 + Voices), A Capella


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Mixed chorus
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Programme Note:
Human fascination with the night sky long predates the dawn of history. Regardless of origin, be it Arabic, Greek or Latin, almost all star names are old - hundreds or even thousands of years old. They are a part of our collective cultural heritage. Modern astronomers study many stars too faint to see without a telescope, and these are so numerous they are known only by catalog numbers and coordinates. As a result, official star names are essentially limited to the very old names. The ones that our ancestors could see and wonder at. These stars have supplied us with countless flights of imagination.
The Stars chosen for this piece are not all the brightest or closest stars but out of the multitude of named stars in the night sky I chose the ones that I felt had the most beautiful names. Stars such as Suhail al Muhlif, Aludra, Nair Al Saif and Zubenelgenubi inspired me to write music for them as soon as I spoke them. It was quite a difficult process as many of them have great names. I narrowed it down to 100 stars and then 50 and then finally the 35 that I ended up using. A mixture of names from Greek, Latin, Arabic and one Chinese (Koo She).

Commissioned by The Esoterics

Premiere Information:
09/08/2011, Seattle, WA; The Esoterics chamber choir, conducted by Eric Banks


  • Call Number:
  • MV 6000 N753lu2
  • Genre:
  • Choral (9 + Voices), A Capella
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 2, 2012
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (16 p.) ;
    16 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: English
  • Additional Information:

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