for wind ensemble*
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Lux Aeterna is a fantasy on the Lux Aeterna Gregorian chant, presenting the theme in a quasi-mensuration canon, followed by a number of permutations of it throughout the work. The reverent chant becomes a hopeful hymn, a joyous celebration, a sinister dance, a malicious taunt, and even morphed into the familiar and fearful Dies Irae motive. However, throughout these moods, whether light or dark, the opposite force is also present, illustrating my view that nothing is pure good or evil, light or dark, only a shade in this wide spectrum.