When David Heard

Eric Whitacre’s When David Heard is one of the most beautiful pieces of choral music written in our times, or any other.

From ericwhitacre.com:

“The text, one single, devastating sentence, is from the King James Bible; II Samuel, 18:33:

When David heard that Absalom was slain he went up into his chamber over the gate and wept, my son, my son, O Absalom my son, would God I had died for thee!”

I found it impossible to not connect this sad article from a Pennsylvania news site with this shattering music, and, from now on, vice versa.

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