The Light of Life, Op.29 (Elgar, Edward)

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Work Title The Light of Life
Alternative. Title Lux Christi
Composer Elgar, Edward
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.29
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IEE 40
Key G major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 16 movements:
  1. Meditation (Orchestra)
  2. Chorus (Levites) and Solo (tenor): Seek Him that maketh the seven stars
  3. Recit. (alto) and Chorus (Disciples): As Jesus passed by
  4. Solo (soprano): Be not extreme, O Lord
  5. Solo (baritone): Neither hath this man sinned
  6. Chorus: Light out of the darkness
  7. Recit. (alto, baritone): And when He had thus spoken
  8. Chorus or Duet (soprano, alto): Doubt not thy Father's care
  9. Soli (alto, tenor) and Chorus: He went his therefore
  10. Solo (tenor): As a spirit didst Thou pass before mine eyes
  11. Recit. (alto) and Chorus: They brought him to the Pharisees
  12. Solo (alto): Thou only hast the words of life
  13. Recit. (soprano, alto, tenor) and Chorus: But the Jews did not believe
  14. Solo (soprano) and Chorus of Women: Woe to the shepherds of the flock
  15. (a) Recit. (alto, teno, baritone): Jesus heard that they had cast him out
    (b) Solo (baritone): I am the Good Shepard
  16. Chorus: Light of the World, we know Thy praise
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1896-03
First Performance. 1896-09-10 — Worcester Festival ; Edward Elgar (conductor)
First Publication. 1896 – London: Novello
Librettist Edward Capel-Cure (1853-1943) from Biblical text
Language English
Dedication Dr. Charles Swinnerton Heap
Average DurationAvg. Duration 65 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voices, chorus, orchestra
Voices
soprano, contralto, tenor, baritone
Mixed Chorus (SATB)
Orchestra
2 flutes (2nd also piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon
4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba
2 timpani, cymbals, organ, harp, strings
External Links Elgar Society