For those who don’t or aren’t familiar with Eric Whitacre…please let me fill you in. Eric Whitacre was born in Reno, Nevada. As a child he studied piano and joined marching band in high school; later he dreamt of becoming a rock star and played synthesizer in a techno-pop band. He went on to obtain his BA in Music Education at the University of Nevada. Studying composition with avant garde composer Virko Baley and choral conducting with David Weiler. Eric completed his BA in 1995. He went on to receive his Master degree in composition at the Julliard School. At the age of 23 he completed his first piece for Wind Orchestra, Ghost Train.
I had the pleasure of performing this piece with the Wind Symphony at Wright State University in my undergraduate studies. This piece tells a story enjoy this piece it is a testament to polyphonic genius with its chordal nuisances and layers of sound that cohesively combined to tell a story through sound. This performance inspired me both as a musician but also as a composer. Please enjoy this video of the piece entitled Ghost Train written by Eric Whitace. Close your eyes and take a ride on the Ghost Train….
Eric has gone on to win Grammy’s and various awards and commendations for his compositions has numerous choral works. His use or chords and dissonances envelop the listener to new highs allowing and evoking feelings and images that few composers are gifted with. His latest endeavor has been the Virtual Choir but more on this in my next article.