April 6, 2011, 3:21 pmJust when you think You Tube is a good for nothing time waster full of cat tricks and stupid jokes, here’s one for your High Note. In a moving and madly viral video, composer Eric Whitacre led a virtual choir of singers from around the world. He talks through the creative challenges of making music powered by YouTube, and unveils the first 2 minutes of his new work, "Sleep," with a video choir of 2,052. The full piece premieres April 7 (yes, on YouTube!).
Eric Whitacre is one of the most performed
composers of his generation. He began his music career singing in his
college choir, with no previous musical experience. By 21, he had
completed his first concert work, Go, Lovely Rose, and soon advanced to Juilliard where he studied under Oscar-winning composer John Corigliano.