Morten Lauridsen (b). author of text .. In Dirait-on Lauridsen magically evokes the wistfulness of the chansons populaires immortalized by Edith Piaf. Morten Johannes Lauridsen (born February 27, ) is an American composer. A National O Magnum Mysterium, Dirait-on (from Les Chansons des Roses), O Nata Lux (from Lux Aeterna) and Sure On This Shining Night (from Nocturnes). Buy Dirait-On (SATB) by Morten Lauridsen at Choral Sheet Music . This exquisite work is the fifth of a set of choral settings of poems.

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Well I think it’d be helpful to perhaps demonstrate on how are pieces put together by using Dirait-on, because it’s become lauridswn a well-known piece.

I always designed as a piece that had never been composed, always been there. I designed this piece in the style of a French folk song.

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And for that I wanted to use a chord that was very French, and I went to the music of Ravel and Debussy for a single sonority from which to gather my materials for a melody and for the harmony and for the overall piece. And this is a chord that’s very much a favorite of theirs. I chose Revell and WC because we’re talking about early 20th century French music onn this is when this French poem was oauridsen, in This particular chord which is simply a major tried with an added second, went on to provide all the material I needed for the composition of Dirait-on.


I decided diralt the piece would be accompanied by something that would sound like a guitar. And so I took that chord and made it into this kind of passage for a guitar.

The same chord, just changed a dkrait bit an inversion. Something else is in the base, and then I went ahead and derived the melody from those four notes from this chord. It has to be simple. Because one of the characteristics of any folk song is its simplicity.

It must be easily sung. It must be able to pass down didait generation to generation vocally and catchy as well. Now I repeat it but make it fresh with a new harmony, and change that last note around a little bit.

Morten Lauridsen – how he wrote “Dirait-on” — Classical Chops

Here it comes the last time. Now it’s time for a fresh note in melody writing. And then I took the idea of Dirait-on so they say as a little repeated repeated refrain. And I do it again, except to make it more interesting I offset it by laurudsen beat.

It is easily memorable. It’s got two parts. And through the composition process each one of those two parts is treated in Canon and imitation with itself so someone goes And someone else goes And while that’s going on – a tenor will be singing a counter melody, a separate melody but made out of that same material.

Ddirait later on in the piece where the choir sings Panel says you know I’m going to play the first theme along with that The melody, the kauridsen, all come from this chord. Then it’s treated with what I hope is sort of elegant understatement.


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And yet it retained its simplicity and charm as a simple little song. I get emails from people saying I love this song how do I get it out of my mind. And I write them back and say there’s no cure.

It was designed to go into lauridssn mind and never leave. But this is where you, for a composer you focus on your idea: What are the elements of a folk song? How do I tie the poem into history? How do I give it the flavor of the nationality, of the language it’s in? And there you go, that’s just the form number one.

It’s a gold mine for composers.

Morten Lauridsen – how he wrote “Dirait-on”

Every one of those chords will be explored, all the facets of that particular passage will be explored compositionally. And this is through learning and technique and an understanding of history and of craft. And that’s how dare I told him about. Home Podcast Video Kids Connect. Team Compass August 7, morten. Team Compass August 7, dkrait.