The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 42 – The Lullaby ‘Suo Gân’.

Empire of the Sun

I was deeply moved when I was little when I heard the song Suo Gân. Then I became more familiar with it when I saw the movie ‘Empire of the Sun’ (1987) where it is sung, as linked below, by James Rainbird and chorus. I assumed it was in Latin, but it is in Welsh. It has a verbally explicit and sublime, exalted, reverential, beautiful quality that is very rare, even for classical music. Like some of Bach’s music, it is one of the best. The composer of it, and it’s probable pre-19th century exact time of composition, unfortunately, is unknown.

In ‘Empire of the Sun’, it is lip-synched by a 13-year-old Christian Bale, the star of the movie (later, Batman, The Dark Night, etc, wow!), in his 4th ever role.

James Rainbird, soloist, and the Ambrosian Junior Choir, Directed by John McCarthy:

Extraordinary live video of another sublime performance, in a cathedral, by the Choir of King’s College, soloist unnamed:

The movie soundtrack or the single track can be purchased here:

Let me know how you enjoy it, Hugs!,

Paul Daniel

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