Morten Johannes Lauridsen born February 27, is an American composer. A National Medal of Arts recipient ,  he was composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale —  and has been a professor of composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for more than 40 years. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Lauridsen worked as a Forest Service firefighter and lookout on an isolated tower near Mt. In he received the National Medal of Arts from the President in a White House ceremony, "for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide".
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Music by Morten Lauridsen occupies a permanent place in the standard vocal repertoire of the Twentieth-Century. Morten Lauridsen was named an "American Choral Master" by the National Endowment of the Arts in and in he received the National Medal of Arts from the President in a White House ceremony "for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power, and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, he worked as a Forest Service fire-fighter and lookout on an isolated tower near Mt. Helens before traveling south to study composition with Halsey Stevens and Ingolf Dahl. Lauridsen now divides his time between Los Angeles and his summer cabin on a remote island off the northern coast of Washington State.
Further information regarding Mr. Lauridsen may be found at mortenlauridsen. Performances Morten Lauridsen Upcoming Performances. View All. The day also includes the London premiere of the new documentary film about the composer.
Two new all-Morten Lauridsen discs have been released by a couple of the US's leading chamber choirs and there's a new online video interview with the composer.
Dirait-on (So they say)