Lucifer in Starlight

Duration: 9″

Orchestra & SATB Choir

Piccolo
Flutes 1, 2
Oboes 1, 2
B♭ Clarinets 1, 2
Bassoons 1, 2
Contrabassoon
F Horns 1, 2, 3, 4
B♭ Trumpets 1, 2, 3
Trombones 1, 2
Bass Trombone
Tuba

Timpani
Percussion
Organ
Harp
SATB Choir
Strings

Lucifer in Starlight
On a starred night Prince Lucifer uprose.
Tired of his dark dominion swung the fiend
Above the rolling ball in cloud part screened,
Where sinners hugged their spectre of repose.
Poor prey to his hot fit of pride were those.
And now upon his western wing he leaned,
Now his huge bulk o’er Afric’s sands careened,
Now the black planet shadowed Arctic snows.
Soaring through wider zones that pricked his scars
With memory of the old revolt from Awe,
He reached a middle height, and at the stars,
Which are the brain of heaven, he looked, and sank.
Around the ancient track marched, rank on rank,
The army of unalterable law.

– George Meredith

Program Note:
This work is an orchestral arrangement of the second movement of my choral piece Two Songs from Heaven. It is a setting of George Meredith’s poem “Lucifer in Starlight.” The poem tells the story of Lucifer who, in a fit of pride, attempts a futile second revolt against Heaven. He is repelled, however, by the immutable order of the Universe and cast back into Hell.

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