Feedback from Morten Lauridsen

I’ve been so nervous about how the living composers I wrote about were going to feel about what I said about them. (So far I’ve heard from two out of three of them and I’m choosing to believe that the third one is busy and hasn’t gotten to it yet, and he is very busy!) Morten Lauridsen emailed me though, the most gracious and wonderful email.

Dear Stacy.

I am just now back in the San Juans following concerts and talks in Philadelphia, Albuquerque and Seattle to find your new book, “Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others,” waiting for me.

I just read the chapter on O Magnum Mysterium–it’s wonderful, Stacy! Beautifully written and deftly organized around thoughts by me and others about this piece, which has affected people throughout the world so deeply.

You are one terrific writer!! I look forward to perusing the rest of the book.

Thank you so much and congratulations!!

Morten Lauridsen

In my book I talk about the things I write in my music, and how I pencil in asterisks over my favorite parts. Sometime I write astericks at the beginning, next to the title, to indicate that the whole piece is my favorite part. This is my score for Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium.

Marten Lauridsen, O Magnum Mysterium

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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