Eric Whitacre was described by The Daily Telegraph, London as “that rare thing, a modern composer who is both popular and original.” His virtual choir was an internet phenomenon and demonstrated both his unerring ability to compose for human voices and his pioneering sensibility. He has a new album scheduled for early 2012.
Here is his top 10 headphone album playlist.
The Beatles: Abbey Road
Listen to: Golden Slumbers
My desert island disc. Can’t count the number of times I’ve listened to this.
Peter Gabriel: Us
Listen to: Secret World
Every song is a gem. The perfect album.
Part: Passio (Hilliard Ensemble)
Listen to: The entire piece, without interruption.
Easily the most influential piece on my own writing style.
Emerson Quartet: Debussy/Ravel String quartets
Listen to: ii. Assez Vif, Très Rythme
I love how each of them wrote just one quartet, mastered the form, and moved on.
Thomas Newman: American Beauty
Listen to: Any Other Name
One of my favorite film scores. Haunting and heartbreakingly beautiful.
Marc Maron podcast
Listen to: The Carlos Mencia Interview
Twice a week comedian Marc Maron delivers the funniest, most poignant podcast out there. Brilliant.
Frou Frou Details
Listen to: Let Go
The quintessential modern pop album, smart and timeless.
Ligeti: Atmospheres (Rattle/Berlin)
Listen to: Atmospheres
Can’t imagine how Ligeti was able to conceive music like this. Utterly transforming.
Bjork: Greatest Hits
Listen to: Bachelorette
Breathtaking in its inventiveness.
Sondheim Sunday in the Park
Listen to: Finishing the Hat
My favorite musical, and the single best dramatic representation of the artistic process.