Sunday, April 30, 2006

eric whitacre

Thanks to the university band and the pirating skills of david doud, I have been turned on to whitacre, a very innovative new `composer. His music is full of dissonance, extended chords, and great harmonies. In the band, we just recorded "lux arumque" a choral piece set for band which embodies the above techniques he is known for. After listening to his new album, cloudburst, I am amazed at the colors and pictures he paints in his music. The only complaint I do have about him is that although his music is peaceful and calming, a lot of it sounds the same. He uses a lot of 2nds, 4ths, and 6ths, but without normal chords, a lot of this doesn't have the same calming effect. Other than that, I strongly reccommend checking him out, hes new (even on myspace) and im sure we'll be hearing more of his work


as always,

AJ

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