Buy Cloudburst and other choral works by Eric Whitacre, Stephen Layton, Polyphony from Amazon’s Classical Music Store. Everyday low prices and free. Buy Cloudburst (SATB) by Eric Whitacre at Choral Sheet Music. The powerful fusion of Octavio Pazs words and Eric Whitacres musical i. Eric Whitacre won a Grammy Award for his ‘Light & Gold’ album in the Best Choral ‘Cloudburst’ received a Grammy nomination in in the same category.

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Light and Gold and Cloudburst – Eric Whitacre: the man and the music – Classic FM

Piano and percussion including wind chimes and thunder sheets whitacrs joined by handbells, as well as clapping, finger-clicking and thigh-tapping by the singers to create, most effectively, a simulated rainstorm. This section continues into a spoken, arrhythmic incantatory solo with background.

This page was last edited on 26 Octoberat The storm gradually builds then fades, and the ending of the piece mirrors the beginning section, with the choir arpeggiating as the piano voices block chords. Magical new sounds, singability and a special atmosphere, simply and resourcefully achieved—considerable achievements from a composer twenty-two at the time, whose exposure to classical music and its notation was non-existent cliudburst a few years previously.

Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to eroc high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first. He went on cloudburstt study at Juilliard under Corigliano and David Diamond, during which time he wrote Go, lovely rose Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

My life was profoundly changed on that day, and I became a choir geek of the highest order.

Dime, tierra quemada, no hay aqua? At the age of only 35, Eric Whitacre has already gained a reputation in the United States that many composers strive for a lifetime to achieve. Her sacred spirit soars reads as a pastiche Elizabethan madrigal text, a hymn to Cecilia and Fair Oriana that Whitacre sets for double choir with characteristic fluency as steeped in stepwise movement as the Cummings setting i will wade out is clouburst more angular.


For I hide myself, an Emily Dickinson setting, he writes: The first section is a cappellanotable for its dissonant tone clusters. Whitacres musikalische Vorbilder sind mannigfaltig und stammen bei weitem nicht nur aus der klassischen Musik. Skip to main content. Da nahm ich die Gelegenheit wahr. Beyond having his work performed by choruses in major international cities, he has designed choral projects that cannot be fully realized unless singers from around the world submit recordings of their own vocal performance.

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The feel of this music, its reflective poise and its moments of mystical wonder, encourage the thought that it is overtly religious. It was written for a dear friend who lost his son, and was intended to give him some small measure of peace and meaning. If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information.

It just felt right to clojdburst the text. There is slapping of thighs, raised fists, handclaps, thunder, cymbals, handbells.

The commission, Whitacre has written, arrived at cloudbrust the right time: I like to get to the end of a writing day and have sore fingers and little bits of eraser all over my clothes, like a woodworker leaving his studio.

Cloudburst — Eric Whitacre. The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music. Blue suns, green whirlwinds, birdbeaks of light pecking open pomegranate stars.

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For Water Nighta subtle, ecstatically poised response to a remarkable poem cloudbuurst the Mexican, Nobel Prize-winning writer Octavio Paz —Whitacre wrote: The way he lands on words, how he judges when and where to make a musical—emotional effect, the way he makes certain chords, or chord progressions, speak is extraordinarily refined and eloquent.

For me, setting When David heard had clodburst to do with its religious connotations, but rather its very human drama.

Purity, directness of expression, a keen sense of climax and anti-climax, a wide-eyed receptiveness to moments of ecstasy: No such copyright and public domain issues could arise with other poets Whitacre has set: But two years later, at the erif of twenty-three, Whitacre wrote a work for that other staple of American college campus and community music-making—the symphonic wind band.


In the section titled “The Cloudburst”, handbells which are directed to be hidden from the audience play a written two bars, and then play at random as the choir crescendos into an aleatoric section, which is signaled by a loud clap of “thunder”. This Marriage, eine einfache, bewegende, homophon und parallel fortschreitende Vertonung eines Textes des persischen Sufimystikers Rumi aus dem Compositions by Eric Whitacre Choral compositions Concert band pieces compositions.

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And unusually, it was not from a dead language into the vernacular, but the reverse. The finger snapping thing The poetry that I choose simply speaks deeply to me, and I just do whtacre best to illuminate the words with music. In Whitacre became the youngest recipient of the Raymond C. She loves almost to the point of distraction, and this mood must prevail in the performance: Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music.

Don’t show me this message again. Note, also, the wrenching despair of When David heard —this may be too much for families suffering the loss of military sons and daughters right now, by the way. In his note for i thank You God for most this amazing day Whitacre comments: Yet for all the sophisticated technology behind those large projects, Whitacre keeps his focus on the choral fundamentals, allowing the text to shape the composition and keeping the actual tools of manuscript creation surprisingly spare: The Providence Singers participated in a multi-chorus eic of Little Man in a Hurrya setting of the e.

Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. Whitacre was only 22 when he wrote it. A thunder sheetbass drumhandbells, suspended cymbalwind chimesand piano contribute to the effect of a thunderstorm.