WFW: Is This What Heaven Will Sound Like?

March 31, 2010


Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands… Revelation 5: 11

After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the Lamb clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands…” Revelation 7:9

And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!” Revelation 19:6

Below is a video music composition, a “virtual choir,” the work of Eric Whitacre. You can read about the creation of this video at Eric’s blog here. The idea for it was rather accidental– Eric was listening to auditions for a soprano part, via YouTube submissions. The thought suddenly struck him about piecing together a multitude of people singing a composition:

I kind of freaked out, because it occurred to me that if 100 people all recorded their respective parts (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass) we could line them all up and create a virtual choir. So I asked everyone to buy the same recording of Sleep from iTunes, a beautiful performance by the superb British choir Polyphony. Singers from around the world posted their individual parts, simply singing along to the recorded piece.

The first piece was such a success that Eric took it to the next level, which is in the video below. This piece is called Lux Aurumque (Light and Gold), and it’s about the birth of Jesus Christ. It’s is ethereal. Be sure to have your Kleenex box handy!

Lux, Lux
Lux, Lux
Lux Lux
Gravis que
Gravis que
Pura velut aurum
canunt et canunt et canunt
angeli molliter
modo natum.

warm and heavy as pure gold
and the angels sing softly
to the new-born baby.

Seeing the faces of the people and hearing their voices reminded me of heaven, as John described it in the Bible. I have no idea where some people get the misconception that Christianity is “non-inclusive” or bigoted. On the contrary, there will be innumerable multitudes of people from everywhere, all together, in harmony! Our common denominator? Saved by the Lamb of God– Jesus!

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