Richard Wagner gave a tiny little orchestral concert on the steps of his villa, conducting the Siegfried Idyll literally on their staircase for his wife on their anniversary. Whitacre composed for voices as with most of his works , but selected a text from the 13th century Persian poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi. This poem on marriage, as translated into English, asks for the marriage in question to offer to the world a number of blessed tastes, from sweet milk to date palms and halvah. In the poem, each sweet signals a different physical blessing of the marriage. Nearly every chord he writes for This marriage is a completely consonant major or minor sonority, only tinged for brief moments by voices that sing a quick neighbor note or escape. Yet the progressions are not traditionally tonal -- they proceed rather in chains of thirds, in modal echoes, and subtly nontraditional parallel motions.
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He studied piano intermittently as a child and joined a junior high marching band under band leader Jim Burnett. Later Whitacre played synthesizer in a techno-pop band, dreaming of being a rock star. Whitacre credits Weiller with the inspiration that put the young composer on the musical path. Tom Leslie contributed to his interest in writing for wind ensembles.
He lived in the State of Nevada until he was He graduated in and moved to Los Angeles and following the success of "Ghost Train", he decided to become a full-time professional composer. In July , he co-presented the Eurovision Choir of the Year. Each one of the videos is then synchronised and combined into one single performance to create the Virtual Choir. Whitacre began with a test run of Sleep , then Lux Aurumque in   and then Sleep again in On April 15, the th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic , the "Water Night" Virtual Choir video was shown in the new Titanic Belfast commemorative building.
It featured 2, singers aged 18 and under from more than 80 countries. To date, the Virtual Choirs have registered more than 60 million views. The soundtrack composed by Whitacre features the Virtual Choir 5, representing countries: more than 8, voices aged four to 87, alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Eric Whitacre Singers.
They work regularly with British soul artist Laura Mvula , and featured at the iTunes Festival , broadcast to countries, performing with Hans Zimmer , and at an experiential installation for Anya Hindmarch CBE in This album won the Grammy for Best Choral Performance in A concert version was given at Carnegie Hall in His texts written collaboratively with Whitacre and the score tell a story of courtship, love, loss and the search for solace.
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