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
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His choral works and band works have rapidly become accepted in the repertoire due to their strong appeal to audiences and players alike. In addition to composing, Whitacre tours the world as a conductor of his own works, both choral often with his Eric Whitacre Singers and instrumental, and those of others.
He has also organized a series of groundbreaking Virtual Choirs. I accepted, and the commission formally began July 1st, Around this time my great friend and fellow Juilliard composer Steven Bryant was visiting me in Los Angeles, and as I had just bought a new computer I was throwing out old sequencer files, most of them sketches and improvisational ideas.
That was the spark, but it took me a full eight months to write the piece. There are a LOT of notes, and I put every one on paper with pencil. We finally premiered the piece in March , nearly three years after the original commission date, and the University of Miami Wind Ensemble played the bejeezus out of it. Equus is dedicated to my friend Gary Green, the most passionate and patient conductor I know.
Here it is in its original version: Whitacre later added choral parts to go with the band version, in addition to creating an orchestra transcription
I accepted, and the commission formally began July 1st, In addition to composing, Whitacre tours the world as a conductor of his own works, both choral often with his Eric Whitacre Singers and instrumental, and those of others. As I played one section Steve dashed into the room and the following conversation ensued: Note from Composer At the Midwest Band and Orchestra convention inGary Green approached me about a possible commission for his wind ensemble at the University of Miami. There are a LOT of notes, and I put every one on paper with pencil. Around this time my great friend and fellow Juilliard composer Steven Bryant was visiting me in Los Angeles, and as I had just bought a new computer I was throwing out old sequencer files, most of them sketches and improvisational ideas. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
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His friend Gary Green , director of the University of Miami Wind Ensemble , asked Whitacre for a piece of music at a convention in Again according to the hagiography from Whitacre himself, he was cleaning out some old computer files when a fellow composer heard one particular set of musical sketches. His friend told him not by any means to throw the music away, but to use it or have the musical idea stolen from him! Whatever the particular musical fragment his friend affirmed, Whitacre developed into a minute virtuoso composition for symphonic band, premiered by Green in March The Latin title of the piece literally means "horse," and the music, though its pace and gait shifts, never stops running from the opening bars following a longstanding musical tradition of composing pieces in "perpetual motion". The first sound heard is a repetitive pulsing tone, upon which small melodic motives are gradually introduced; the motives and the pulsing instruments give a sense of driving syncopation.