News & Views Thursday, August 16, 2018

NEW from Eric Whitacre Monday, November 06, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral Music Specialists

Eric-Whitacre-2-high-res-Credit-Marc-Royce2-1-533x800Composer Eric Whitacre needs little introduction. As one of the most popular and well-known contemporary choral composers, new works from Whitacre are usually highly anticipated. Here are some his newest publications, and some of his most creative works yet!

The Star-Spangled Banner
A remarkable setting of the national anthem, filled with colorful effects and vivid dissonance. Challenging and impressive!

A virtuosic showpiece for wind symphony, Whitacre has recently composed accompanying choral parts for “Equus.” Latin for horse, this moto perpetuo perfectly captures the fury and majesty of this magnificent animal. Not for the faint of heart!

Each Morning She Walks
Frequent collaborators Charles Anthony Silvestri and Eric Whitacre mixed things up and switched roles for “Each Morning She Walks,” with Tony writing the music and Eric writing the text. The mystical poem is brought to life through haunting ostinato-like figures and a lovely melodic line capture the essence of the mysterious hunter. A great opportunity to explore harmonies, tuning, and balance within your choir.

Coming soon – Deep Field (inspired by the Hubble Deep Field, as viewed by the Hubble Space Telescope) and Godzilla Eats Las Vegas (another concert band piece with newly composed choral parts).

Find more from Eric Whitacre on our website, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742 for more creative programming ideas. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.

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