The Seal LullabyEric Whitacre and Polyphony
Hit PLAY and wait for the goosebumps. This is SUCH a gorgeous song.
“Oh, hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us,
And black are the waters that sparkled so green.
The moon, o’er the combers, looks downward to find us,
At rest in the hollows that rustle between.
Where billow meets billow, then soft be thy pillow,
Oh weary wee flipperling, curl at thy ease!
The storm shall not wake thee, nor shark overtake thee,
Asleep in the arms of the slow swinging seas!”
“The Seal Lullaby” by Eric Whitacre (This album just won a Grammy Award!)
Spiritus ante chorali,
potestatem de voices de duo milla.
Transcendens et purum,
vera pulchritudo animadverto.
Light and gold.
The breath before the choral,
The power of two thousand voices.
transcendent and pure,
and true beauty is realized.
Lux Araumque (Light and Gold)Whitacre, Eric/The Eric Whitacre Singers/Laudibus/The King's Singers/Pavao Quartet/Glynn, Christopher
This song inspired me to write my first poem in Latin.
I worked on the translation for hours so it’s as accurate as I can get it to be (with only my weak knowledge of Latin and the help of a Latin dictionary and Google translate.)
Here’s the amazing story behind the song: http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2011/04/03/eric-whitacre-conducts-a-virtual-choir-of-2000-voices-on-youtube/
I’ll post my poem separately.
Sleep by Eric Whitacre
I came across Eric Whitacre around a year and a half ago. My brother asked me to buy his ‘Light and Gold’ album, and I ended up keeping it. I sing in a choir myself (We are singing ‘The Seal Lullaby’ from the same album), so I appreciate ‘this’ type of voice, as well as many others. This particular track is the one Eric Whitacre used for his innovative ‘Virtual Choir’ project on YT. Thousands of voices collaborating to create one hauntingly, beautiful piece of music.
I now find myself playing a brass band arrangement of this piece, and it’s all very exciting. Nothing will beat the effect choral voices have on this music, but different arrangements let Whitacre’s music expand to so many more ears.
If you have an appreciation for choral music please check out Light & Gold by Eric Whitacre. A masterpiece in voice and composition.
Lux AurumqueEric Whitacre
i haven’t really been able to sleep lately.
but when i do finally fall asleep, this is the only thing that makes it possible.
this is literally the most beautiful song i have ever heard in my life. its absolutely incredible.
what i want you to do with it: press play. close your eyes. and just feel it. and never open your eyes at any point throughout the song.
when i do this i like to imagine beams of sunlight showing through the clouds, going back and forth behind them. storm clouds in the harsher parts. try that if you want. or imagine whatever you’d like.
then try to tell me it’s not the most beautiful song ever.
it’s called “Lux Aurumque,” (meaning light and gold) composed and conducted by Eric Whitacre.
Today in Le Voci we looked at Sleep by Eric Whitacre. I’m not getting my hopes up… but damn it’s beautiful!
I can’t hear this song and not want to just stop everything and get into bed and fall asleep to it