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Voces8 is bringing Romanticism back with “Lux Aeterna”

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Don't you wish they were your church choir?

Earlier this week we remarked that Voces8 made Ben Folds sound like sacred music. Now, the octet is back with real sacred music, “Lux Aeterna” by the English late-Romantic composer Edward Elgar.

“Lux Aeterna” is one of the many compositions that makes up the music of a Requiem Mass, which became its own genre after centuries of every composer worth their salt providing their own take on it. This piece is a setting of the Communion verse. Musical Requiems traditionally use the Latin text of the Mass as it was celebrated before the liturgical renewal of Vatican II. “Lux Aeterna” translates:

May everlasting light shine upon them, O Lord,
with your saints forever,
for you are kind.
Grant them eternal rest, O Lord,
and may everlasting light shine upon them;
with your saints forever,
for you are merciful.

Voces8 has been working professionally for about a decade. In their tenure they have released 17 albums of assorted choral works, in which they cover Purcell, Bach, Gershwin and more. They are currently on tour in Europe and have shows booked through 2018.

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Song: Lux Aeterna | Singer: Voces8

Voces8

Hometown: London, England

Latest Album: Winter (2016)

Fun Fact: An a cappella group from the UK who sings everything from Renaissance choral motets to rearranged modern pop hits. Originally formed in 2005, the group made it's name on their way to a competition and it has stuck for more than a decade. They went professional in 2007 and have released 17 albums of classical and modern music

Website: voces8.com

Facebook: facebook.com/VOCES8

Twitter: @VOCES8
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