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YourClassical Adventures: Episode 65 - Eric Whitacre


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December 18, 2021

Composer Eric Whitacre is well known for the choral pieces he writes and their distinctive sound. Join host, Liz Lyon as she explores some of his music in this episode of YourClassical Adventures.

Episode 65 playlist

Eric Whitacre: Water Night — One of his earliest works, written in 1995. The text is from Octavio Paz’s poem, “Agua Nocturna”.

LISTEN — Eric Whitacre: Water Night

Eric Whitacre: Water Night

Eric Whitacre: Sleep — The setting for this choral composition is a poem by Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”. The theme of the lyrics, sleep, was based on the last stanza of this poem, “And miles to go before I sleep.”

LISTEN — Eric Whitacre: Sleep

Eric Whitacre: Sleep

Eric Whitacre: When David Heard — The text for this piece is one single, and sorrowful sentence accompanied by purposeful and dramatic silence.

LISTEN — Eric Whitacre: When David Heard

Eric Whitacre: When David Heard

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