Some beautiful music for Sunday

In music, as in politics and religion, I tend to be an uptight traditionalist, which explains why I don’t care for most modern music. But I make an exception for the music of Eric Whitacre, whose compositions for voice, choir, orchestra, and various instrumental ensembles prove that “modern” does not have to mean discordant, vulgar, transgressive, profane, disturbing, or ugly. Whitacre composed “October,” a short piece for concert band, in 2000. Here it is, performed by the Emory Wind Ensemble:

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