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