How Bright the Darkness

For Baritone, Treble Choir, Harp, Percussion, and String Orchestra (2014)

Piano/Vocal Score

A winter solstice carol, with original text by MacArthur-winning poet Eleanor Wilner. This work is recorded on the PENTATONE album: December Celebration.

by Luna Pearl Woolf


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A holiday carol with text by Eleanor Wilner. Recorded on PENTATONE's December Celebration. (2015)


How Bright the Darkness · Lester Lynch

December Celebration: New Carols by 7 American Composers

℗ 2015 PentaTone

Released on: 2015-08-07

Artist: Lester Lynch
Choir: Volti
Conductor: Dawn Harms
Orchestra: New Century Chamber Orchestra
Composer: Luna Pearl Woolf


6 min


Premiere Recording:

Volti Chorus
Musicians of the New Century Chamber Orchestra
Dawn Harms, conductor
Lester Lynch, baritone


Commissioned by PENTATONE for their December Celebrations album.


1perc / hp / baritone solo / SSA choir / strings


Eleanor Wilner : Winter Solstice's Carol

Program Notes

Harp and percussion set the stage for Eleanor Wilner’s “Winter Solstice Carol”, in which solo baritone introduces a festive subject which inspires polyphony in the strings and women’s chorus.

“a spill of notes from the mountain spruce,

green through all the time of white–

how bright the darkness is tonight!”

How Bright the Darkness is also available arranged for SATB choir.

This piece has been recorded on the Pentatone label by the Volti Chorus and New Century Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Dawn Harms. To buy the album and listen to excerpts, click here.