Augsburg Fortress

O Laughing Light

O Laughing Light

This joyous paraphrase of PHOS HILARON by Sylvia Dunstan is given an original tune by David Sims. Written for SAB choir and organ, the choral parts are accessible and the organ accompaniment is colorful and buoyant.
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  • Publisher Augsburg Fortress
  • ISBN 9781451498929
  • Brand Augsburg Choral Library
  • Format Sheet Music
  • Dimensions 7 x 10.25
  • Pages 8
  • Season/Occasion Epiphany
  • Voicing Organ; SAB/3-part mixed
  • Difficulty Easy-Medium
  • Publication Date March 18, 2015

Composer Commentary

"O Laughing Light" was written for a Transfiguration service at North Christian Church in Columbus, Indiana. I wanted a piece that was more playful than dramatic, and I had a small but capable choir and a substantial, colorful organ to accompany them. (Because I was the only musician, I also had to write a piece that I could both play and conduct.) Sylvia Dunstan's hymn was new to me, and I liked the idea that light could be playful and humorous. Dynamics, phrasing, and organ registration should all be adapted to best convey the notion of joyful, buoyant light according to the room and instrument available.