“The City and the Sea” by Eric Whitacre

New from Eric Whitacre, “The City and the Sea” is a set of five settings on poems by E.E. Cummings.  According to Whitacre, the entire set is based on white key clusters on the piano – a compositional practice he playfully calls the “oven-mitt” techniquei walked the boulevard vividly portrays an urban street scene, the meditative the moon is hiding in her hair features a chaconne-like left hand pattern in the piano, maggie and milly and molly and may breaks the characteristic clusters into arpeggios and features delightful wordplay, the tender as is the sea marvelous creates an image of the ebb and flow of the sea, and little man in a hurry closes the set with colorful contrasts, fun, humor and rhythmic wordplay.

Also now available from Whitacre are two high-quality choral collections – The Eric Whitacre Collection, and Light and Gold, which contains selections from his new CD of the same name – and a TTBB re-voicing of his stunning work The Seal Lullaby.  For more distinguished repertoire choices, please contact us. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


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