Eric Whitacre & Eric Whitacre Singers perform “When David Heard” from the album Water Night with sheet music for the music nerds like me who want to follow a…

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25 thoughts on “When David Heard – Eric Whitacre (SHEET MUSIC)

  1. TheTomphson says:

    I’m so glad Eric put himself through what he did for all those months to
    write this ABSOLutely beautiful piece.

  2. tayrmangel says:

    I believe it’s the style meant with the strong emotion… what I get a
    sense of is every time there’s little parts adding together and building
    with dramatic and extremes in range it’s giving the effect of the father
    weeping for his son

  3. SuperCulby says:

    I know that when they rehearse it, Whitacre never does a full run-through
    of the piece. He only rehearses it in small sections at a time, and doesn’t
    actually conduct it in its entirety until they’re on stage and performing
    it at concert. During that, he has to ’emotionally detach’ himself from the
    music and conduct it with an analytical approach. I watched a recording of
    him conducting a live performance on Youtube. You could tell he’s doing
    everything he can to fight back tears…

  4. SuperCulby says:

    Yup! The Union Hall concert was the one I was referring to. I actually saw
    your track list 😛

  5. aseretkavon says:

    I didn’t realize that 18 minutes had passed until after I finished
    listening through the entire work. I was so pulled into the music that time
    became irrelevant. THAT is good music.

  6. Miguel Figueroa says:

    Two people are blind, deaf or something… and they think that music is
    just about sounds and beats and repetitive loops. 

  7. Miguel Figueroa says:

    Two people are blind, deaf or something… and they think that music is
    just about sounds and beats and repetitive loops. 

  8. Jenifer Swanson says:

    Something I love about Whitacre, is his amazing talent for painting
    pictures with notes. I love how, in this work, he uses juxtaposition of
    rhythms to portray the anguish that David feels for his son’s death, like
    shock and confusion. He goes even further by providing some terrace
    dynamics from pianissimo to forte, just like a parent would suddenly cry
    out for their child-amazing. He does similar things in Leonardo Dreams,
    and I am taken aback by it EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. 

  9. ylndbynum2000 says:

    Tiny misprint in the tenor line at 8:48. The written note is a D while the
    singer is singing an E. Measure 103. 

  10. Beokabatukaba says:

    Hearing this song before, it never really resonated with me. However, this
    time around, the full emotion of the song just slapped me in the face.
    Something about actually seeing the notes and imagining Eric sitting at his
    desk working on this piece for hours just made it that more real. I
    suddenly understand why Eric says this is such a hard piece for him to
    conduct. The meticulous grace that went into selecting each note is just

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