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The composer found the text from the book “Balaybay: Mga Tulang Lunot at Mabilang” which was a compilation of the selected works by Philippine National Artist for Literature, Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera, who is also the dedicatee of this composition.
Though the title is in Latin, the poetry is in Filipino. Regardless, there seems to be a parallelism in Lumbera’s profound interpretation of the “Lumen Christi” that is chanted after the Paschal Candle is lit while entering a dark church on Holy Saturday. Towards the end, the composer incorporates the full Latin text that means “Light of Christ. Thanks be to God.” which provides a meaningful counterpoint to Lumbera’s poetry.
With seemingly disparate harmonic structures and progressions pitted against a haunting melody, the resulting effect is a ‘prism of sound textures’ like lasers beaming in space from every direction. In order to achieve these effects, it is now up to the choristers to utilize the varying degrees of dynamic intervals that greatly contribute to the over-all color of the composition.
Less may be too much while more may still be too little.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!
The audio heard here is during Kompositor's 2nd book launch entitled "Paggunita" held at the EDSA Shrine on 11 February 2013. The Philippine Madrigal Singers gave this world premiere performance along with the other work "Gloria, laus, et honor".