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Ecce Cor Meum by Sir Paul McCartney

I had the unique and incredible pleasure of meeting and working with Paul McCartney this past week to present the American premiere of his new oratorio, Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart). The music itself has its beautiful moments – as well as a few not-so-beautiful ones. But the man was a Beatle!!! He should be commended for taking on such an ambitious project.

The piece was begun when Sir Paul’s first wife (and great love) Linda was still alive. In the midst of composing it, she passed away from cancer. While it isn’t officially written anywhere in the literature or the score, the piece is nearly all about Linda. Most notably, the Interlude section which features a plaintive solo oboe rising above the choir, has the colors and mood of lost love running though it. It’s breathtaking. We were told, during the rehearsal process, that that section was the first that Sir Paul wrote after her death.

It was another highlight in what has been a fantastic autumn!

You can listen to the streamed broadcast of the performance <a href=”http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6468926″>here.</a&gt;

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November 17, 2006 - Posted by | Politics, Singing

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