Choral director Kristina Boerger commissioned composer Edward Rubeiz to write "Lullaby" in Spring 2009. The piece is written for male voices only, which is unusual: most lullabies have tended to be written for either women's or mixed voices. This performance is by the men of Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble, a New York City chamber chorus, with the composer and the conductor (Nathaniel LaNasa) performing two whistling parts at the end. The text, a six-word mantra taken from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:34), is repeated on a single note throughout the piece, which gives it a monotonous, dreamy quality: "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof": a famous admonition to stop worrying and go to sleep, no matter how dark the day has been. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_6:34 ).
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