Thursday, April 7, 2011

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir

When composer Eric Whitacre received a video of a 17-year-old girl singing one of his songs, he was impressed with her pure, sweet tone and the look on her face.  It occurred to him that maybe he could develop a "virtual choir," with many people recording themselves singing their part, and putting them together as a choir.  He went into the studio, "conducted in total silence, I could only hear it in my head," and got the word out to musicians all over the world.  One-hundred-eighty-five singers joined him in singing his piece, Lux Aurumque.  Here is Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir:

A second Virtual Choir recording will release tonight on YouTube.  The piece is Eric Whitacre's Sleep, and the choir is composed of 2015 singers!

If you'd like to know more about the Virtual Choir, you can hear how it all began, or you can read an NPR report by one of the performers.

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