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Eric Whitacre

Publisher: Chester Music

Sainte-Chapelle (2013)
Commissioned in celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Tallis Scholars, 2013. First performed 7 March 2013 at St Paul’s Cathedral, London by The Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips.
Text Writer
Charles Anthony Silvestri
Chester Music Ltd
Chorus a cappella / + 1 instrument
Year Composed
8 Minutes
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    David Hill
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Eric Whitacre, today's hottest property in choral writing, was in the audience to hear the premiere of his own new work inspired by that wondrous 13th-century Parisian jewel box, Sainte-Chapelle. Angels in the stained glass sing the Sanctus, first in long, sinuous quasi plainchant and then gradually dividing into more and more parts, creating tone clusters that dazzle like shafts of sunlight through the windows. From modest beginnings the music unfurls to become ever more complex, rich and rewarding. Another hit from the charismatic Mr Whitacre.
Stephen Pritchard, The Observer,10/03/2013
Whitacre’s Sainte-Chapelle, meanwhile, which was influenced by the composer’s visit to the Parisian building of the title, is altogether more solemn and reflective, building up into an intense climax.
Jeremy Pound,,08/03/2013
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