Lux Perpetua

A Poem for Organ and Orchestra

Samuel Adler

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Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
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Quick Overview

In 1994, Samuel Adler first heard the organ (inaugurated in 1992) in Dallas? Meyerson Hall during the annual meeting of the American Guild of Organists, and notes: ?That organ recital made an enormous impression on me. The sheer power of the organ and the physical construction of the building?there was a tremendous feeling of intensity and power.? When he was later commissioned by the Dallas Symphony, he knew he wanted to include the organ.

The title, Lux Perpetua, has a purely secular meaning. Adler wanted to compose a work that would celebrate the organ, the hall, and the city of Dallas. ?Dallas is a city full of sunlight. Whether it?s winter or summer, the sun always shines and there?s perpetual light. One?s spirit is lifted with the sunshine. That?s what I feel about Texas, too.?

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Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Composition Date 1997
Duration 00:14:00
Orchestration Solo Org.; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) - 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
Premiere First performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Wayne Foster, organ, Andrew Litton conducting, February 12, 1999.