O Magnum Mysterium – Morten Lauridsen
Another 20th-century piece, written in 1994 by American composer Morten Lauridsen. Although the Latin text tells the story of the Nativity, the beauty of Lauridsen’s music has made it his most popular piece and it is performed year-round. The tune is written in counterpoint, meaning each voice of this song is singing its own melodic line and they all meld together perfectly to create a mystifying sound.
Of the work, Lauridsen said: “I wanted this piece to resonate immediately and deeply into the core of the listener, to illumine through sound.”