Some beautiful music for the ninth day of Christmas

January 2, 2017

In honor of the birthday of American composer Eric Whitacre, here is his “Lux Aurumque,” sung by the choir of King’s College, Cambridge.

Some beautiful music for Sunday

October 11, 2015

Happy birthday, Eric

January 2, 2015

Born in Reno, Nevada on January 2, 1970, Eric Whitacre always knew that music would be his life. As a youngster his goal was to be a rock star, but all that changed when he started college at the University of Nevada and was persuaded to join the college choir, as he explains in the video below. After earning his bachelor’s degree in music education, Eric studied composition at Julliard, where he received his master’s degree. He went on to become a professional composer and conductor, as well as the originator of the Virtual Choir. The source of the inspiration for this is one of the topics he covers in this delightful presentation, recorded in 2011:

Here are links to the first four Virtual Choir videos:

“Lux Aurumque”


“Water Night”

“Fly to Paradise”

Some beautiful music for Sunday

October 5, 2014

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:

Eleven years after its composition, Whitacre reworked “October” into a choral piece, “Alleluia.” Here it is, sung by a gentleman whose virtuosity and vocal range are nothing short of astonishing:

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