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Eric Whitacre

Publisher: Chester Music

Her Sacred Spirit Soars (2005)
commissioned by the Heartland Festival
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
2005
Duration
5 Minutes
Chorus
SSSSAATTBB chor
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Programme Note
Eric Whitacre Her Sacred Spirit Soars (2005)
‘The Heartland Festival, for whom this work was commissioned,
had for years been home to a thriving Shakespearean festival. So
when they asked Tony Silvestri and me to write an original work
for them, we immediately decided that the poem should be a
traditional fourteen line sonnet. I told Tony that I would like to
end the work with the phrase “Long live fair Oriana,” an homage
to the Renaissance works written in tribute to the ‘Virgin Queen,’
Elizabeth I. Not only did Tony include the line at the end of his
brilliant sonnet, he made the poem an acrostic: the first letter of
each line spells out “HAIL FAIR ORIANA.”
Eric Whitacre

  • Ensemble
    Polyphony
    Conductor
    Stephen Layton
    Hyperion:
  • Ensemble
    Elora Festival Singers
    Conductor
    Noel Edison
    Naxos:
  • Soloist(s)
    Hila Plitmann sop., Julian LLoyd Webber vcl.
    Conductor
    Eric Whitacre
    Decca:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 24 NOV 2011
    Blessed Celia Choral at Cadogan
    Cadogan Hall, London
    Christopher Finch, conductor

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