Te lucis ante terminum

Florida State University Singers – Kevin Fenton, ConductorTe Lucis Ante Terminum, Florida

SATB divisi
a cappella
4:10 min.
Language: Latin

Publisher: Walton Music  (order online)

Commissioned by:  Duluth East A cappella Choir, Duluth, Minn.  Brandon P. Johnson, Conductor


2010 MENC National Honor Choir at Kennedy Center in Washington DC, André J. Thomas, Conductor

Program Notes:

This elegant text, traditionally attributed to St. Ambrose of Milan, has been sung for centuries as a hymn during the Compline of the Roman Breviary.  It is a prayer for blessing and sanctuary through the evening=s rest.  Upon my first reading I was immediately struck by the color and imagination inherent in the language, particularly in the second stanza – where the deep calm of the previous verse is replaced by foreboding images of the shades of night.  A beautiful symmetry is achieved by the addition of the eloquent Gloria Patri that brings the hymn to a close.  Through the patient and fluid unfolding of the Latin St. Ambrose has imbued this hymn with a sense of comfort and warmth, offering hope for a light to illumine the dark hours to come.


Text Translation:

To you before the day’s end,
we pray, Creator of all things,
that, by your clemency,
you might be our guard and keeper.

Put nightmares far from us,
And night terrors.
And restrain our enemies,
That our bodies not know pollution.

Grant this, Father most merciful,
Through the only one equal to the Father,
With the Spirit Paraclete,
Reigning through all ages. Amen.
          – attributed to St. Ambrose (8th century)

Selected Performances:

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UPDATED – 6.1.12
2012,West End United Methodist Chancel Choir,Don Marler,American Guild of Organists National Convention Nashville TN
2012,Vox Nova Chamber Choir,Dr. Shannon Chase,Brunswick ME
2012,Salem Hills High School Serendipity,Justin Bills,Salem UT
2011,Providence College I Cantori,T.J. Harper,European Tour
2011,The Summer Singers,Vicki Peters,Minneapolis MN
2011,Providence College I Cantori,T.J. Harper,MENC Eastern Division Convention Baltimore MD
2011,USC Thornton Choral Invitational Festival,.,Los Angeles CA
2011,U of Pittsburgh-Greensburg Chorale,Chris Bartley,Greensburg PA
2010,Middle Creek High School Choir,Mike Gilliam,Apex NC
2010,The Columbine Chorale,Brian Eichenberger,Denver CO
2010 U of West Georgia Chamber Singers,Kevin Hibbard,Carrollton GA
2010,Rigby High School Troylairs,Gideon Burrows,Rigby ID
2010,The Colorado Chorale,Dr. Frank Eychaner,Denver CO
2010,National Honor Mixed Choir,Andre J. Thomas,Kennedy Center Washington DC
2010,Concordia Chamber Choir,Jason Bennett,Athens GA
2009,Musica Viva Chamber Choir Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny,Marek Gandecki,Poznan Poland
2009,VOX,David Tang,Charlotte NC
2009 June,Rancho Bernardo High School Choir,Lisa Friedrichs,San Diego CA
2009 May,Provo High Chamber Singers,Cory Mendenhall,Provo UT
2009,Rushville Consolidated High School,Paul Grizzard,Rushville IN
2009,Georgia State University Singers,Deanna Joseph,Atlanta GA
2008,Lassiter High School Concert Chorale,Brian Williams,ACDA Southern Div. Convention Louisville KY
2008,Fullerton College Concert Choir,John Tebay,ACDA Western Div. Convention Anaheim CA
2008 April,Kearney Chamber Choir,Jason Elam,Missouri State High School Music Festival
2008 April,West Des Moines Valley High School’s Valley Singers,Linda Vanderpool,Dorian Festival Decorah IA
2008 April,Wisconsin Lutheran College Choir,Dr. James Nowack,Spring Concert Tour
2008,Kantorei,Richard Larson,Denver CO
2008,Bellevue Chamber Chorus,Dr. Fredrick Lokken,Bellvue WA
2008,West Bloomfield High School Choirs,Sheryl Hauk,West Bloomfield MI
2007 January,Stoney Creek Chamber Singers,Brandon Ulrich, 2007 Michigan State Music Conference
2007,American Masterpieces Choral Festival,Benaroya Hall,Seattle WA
2007 May,First Presbyterian Chancel Choir,Dr. Linda Raney,Santa Fe NM
2007,University of Rhode Island Concert Choir,Mark Conley,Kingston RI
2007,The Singers—Minnesota Choral Artists,Matthew Culloton,Minneapolis MN
2007,ICDA Summer Symposium, ,Mason City IA
2007 April,La Serna Concert Choir,David Carter,La Habra High School Choral Festival La Habra CA
2007,Northwest Chamber Chorus,Mark Kloepper,Seattle WA
2006,Cal Poly Concert Choir,Dr. Thomas Davies,San Louis Obispo CA
2006,World Choral Olympics,Joseph Piazza,Riva del Garda Italy
2006,Choral Evensong,Robert Quinney,Westminster Abbey London England
2006,Corpus Christi College Chamber Choir,Tony Araujo,Vancouver BC Canada
2006,Meistersingers,Brian Dehn,Santa Ana CA
2006,Florida State University Singers,Kevin Fenton,Tallahassee FL
2006,The Handel Society of Dartmouth College,Dr. Robert Duff,Hanover NH
2006,Santa Barbara Quire of Voyces,Nathan J. Kreitzer,Santa Barbara CA
2006,Kentucky MEA All-State Choir,Rodney Eichenberger,Louisville KY
2005,International Honor Band and Choir,Rodney Eichenberger,Berlin Germany
2005,Washington WMEA All-State Choir,Rodney Eichenberger,Tukwila WA
2005,College of the Sequoias Concert Choir,Jeffery A. Seaward,National ACDA Convention Los Angeles CA
2005,Australian National Choral Association Victorian Honor Choir,.,Melbourne Australia
2005,Bella Voce,Teresa Bowers,Harrisberg PA
2005,The Bemidji Choir,Bradley P. Logan,Bemidji MN
2005,U of Miami Collegiate Chorale,Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe,Miami FL
2005,Festival Singers,Dr. Stephen McKersie,San Francisco CA
2005,Stillwater Concert Choir,Dr. Erik Christiansen,Spring Tour
2005,District 9 Chorus Festival,.,Scranton PA
2005,Northwest Chamber Chorus,Mark Kloepper,Seattle WA
2005,Cantare Con Vivo,David Morales,Boston MA
2004,”Haystack” Choral Conducting Workshop,Rodney Eichenberger,Cannon Beach OR
1999,Duluth East High School A Cappella, Brandon P. Johnson, East Coast Tour

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