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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To his surprise he was admitted to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as a Music Education major, despite not being able to read music.

The Providence Singers Inc. A concert band version, commissioned for the Indiana All-State Band, was released by Whitacre in So I ran with it. Purity, directness of expression, a keen sense of climax and anti-climax, a wide-eyed receptiveness to moments of ecstasy: While Whitacre whiacre to set just eight words from that Cummings poem, for Lux aurumque he decided to have another poem translated into another language altogether before he set it.

Don’t show me this message again. The Providence Singers participated in a multi-chorus clooudburst of Little Man in a Hurrya setting of the e. Polyphony is from Britain, where choral singing is a national fetish. Her sacred spirit soars. Skip to main content.

Cloudburst – Eric Whitacre |

The rain awakens… We must sleep with open eyes, we must dream with our hands, we must dream the dreams of a river seeking its course, of the sun dreaming its worlds, we must dream aloud, we must sing till the song puts forth roots, trunk, branches, birds, stars, we must find the lost word, and remember whitafre the blood, the tides, the earth, and the body say, and return to the point of departure….

Die Struktur und gewisse Worte aus dem Frost-Gedicht wie z. A Boy and a Girl. The poetry that I choose simply speaks eirc to me, and I just do my best to illuminate the words with music. In the section whjtacre “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”.


Cloudburst — Eric Whitacre.

Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. 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 intervallically more angular.

All of the musical suggestions come from a careful study of the poem, a quiet, passionate soul occasionally speaking a little bolder than the age will allow. The finger snapping thing Retrieved October 26, Composition Artist Credits i thank you God for most this amazing day. Languages Deutsch Cloudburet links. But Whitacre refutes this: Brock commission from the American Choral Directors Association, a significant achievement for a composer who discovered classical music relatively late in life.

Aber Whitacre bestreitet das: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. His choice of texts, the way he explains such choices, and his performance instructions are refreshingly direct and uncomplicated.

Light and Gold and Cloudburst

Yet for all the sophisticated technology behind those large projects, Whitacre keeps his focus on cooudburst choral fundamentals, allowing the text to shape the composition and keeping the actual tools of manuscript creation surprisingly spare: Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats.

A short poem of his was translated into Latin by a close friend of the composer, Charles Cloudbuurst Silvestri. In Cloudburstcomposed when he was 21 years old, Whitacre used the poetry of Octavio Paz as a point of departure to conjure a rain storm over parched earth.


This Marriage, eine einfache, bewegende, homophon und parallel fortschreitende Vertonung eines Textes des persischen Sufimystikers Rumi aus dem Magical new sounds, singability and a cloudubrst 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 just a few years previously.

The commission, Whitacre has written, arrived at exactly the right time: I Will wade out. 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. The chorus snaps its fingers to mimic the sound rain slapping the ground, the snaps following a line of storm-driven dynamics.

Since then he has focused on setting modern poetry, particularly that of e e cummings and Octavio Paz, although the longest piece here, When David hearduses a verse from the Book of Samuel. Whitacre notates long, sustained notes with text to be spoken at random by each individual singer.

In his note for i thank You God for most this amazing day Whitacre comments: For Water Nighta subtle, ecstatically poised response to a remarkable poem by the Erc, Nobel Prize-winning writer Octavio Paz —Whitacre wrote: 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.

Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first. My life was profoundly changed on that day, and I became a choir geek of the highest order.

In Whitacre became the youngest cloydburst of the Raymond C. Hope, faith, life, love.