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Eric Whitacre

Publisher: Chester Music

Higher, Faster, Stronger (2012)
Commissioned by BBC Radio 3 First performance 29 August 2012 at the BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London by the BBC Singers, Eric Whitacre Singers, ensemblebash (percussion) and Christopher Glynn (piano), conducted by the composer.
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Chester Music Ltd
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
8 Minutes

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Programme Note
Eric Whitacre Higher, Faster, Stronger (2012)
Inspired by the Olympic motto ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ (Faster, Higher, Stronger), I collaborated
with my close friend, poet and historian Charles Anthony Silvestri to source the perfect text - an
Olympian ode:

Best of all things is water;
but gold, like a gleaming fire by night,
outshines all pride of wealth beside …
Pindar (c.522–443 BC)

These lines are sung in Latin by solo soprano through the central section, almost as a prayer:

Praestantissima quidem est aqua,
et aurum, ardens ignis velut nocte,
fulget superbas, inter divitas.


  • 29 AUG 2012
    BBC Proms 2012
    Royal Albert Hall, London
    BBC Singers & Eric Whitacre Singers
    Eric Whitacre, conductor

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