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Book Title: Ecce Cor Meum -- The Choral Suite: Satb & Organ|
The author of the book: Paul McCartney
Edition: Faber & Faber
Date of issue: October 1st 2007
ISBN 13: 9780571530250
Format files: PDF
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Ecce Cor Meum, or "Behold My Heart" is now available from Faber Music through Alfred Music. The five-movement work became McCartney's tribute to Linda after she died of cancer in 1998; in particular, the yearning Interlude - the central movement and heart of the piece - which he wrote in the midst of his grief for her. But this impetus for the work wasn't immediately clear to McCartney himself. To begin with, he did what he does best - crafting a series of wonderful, lyrical melodies - but needed to be inspired to write the "right" text. It was only when he saw a statue depicting the Crucifixion, under which was inscribed Ecce Cor Meum or "Behold My Heart" that he realized this was the starting point he needed. A first version of Ecce Cor Meum was performed at the Sheldonian Theatre three years later. Following more work and revisions, the 55-minute work was finally recorded in March 2006 with EMI Classics. Following the premiere in November that year, the work was hailed as a phenomenal success, and the recording was awarded the Album of the Year Classical BRIT award in May 2007. But McCartney had now caught the bug for choral music, many people had said that they loved the rich seam of melodies in the oratorio, and had asked him if he could create an a cappella version of the work reduced for more practical resources. McCartney had a vision of a condensed work, and wanted to maintain the five-movement structure, but was determined that each movement should be reconceived as a "choral song" defined by the principal lyrical melody or melodies from the original movement - just like a pop song. And, like a pop song, each one should be just a few minutes long and be performable and programmable independently as well as part of the suite. This flexibility of usage was furthered by the decision to have a mix of a cappella and organ-accompanied songs, so that there could be used in a variety of contexts and performance spaces.
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Read information about the authorSir James Paul McCartney MBE, known as Paul McCartney, is an English singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, entrepreneur, painter, record producer, film producer, and animal-rights activist. He gained worldwide fame as one of the founders and members of The Beatles. McCartney and John Lennon formed one of the most influential and successful songwriting partnerships and "wrote some of the most popular music in rock and roll history". After leaving The Beatles, McCartney launched a successful solo career and formed the band Wings with his first wife, Linda Eastman McCartney, and songwriter/singer Denny Laine. He has worked on film scores, classical music, and ambient/electronic music; released a large catalogue of songs as a solo artist; and taken part in projects to help international charities.
McCartney is listed in Guinness World Records as the most successful musician and composer in popular music history, with 60 gold discs and sales of 100 million singles. His song "Yesterday" is listed as the most covered song in history and has been played more than 7,000,000 times on American television and radio. Wings' 1977 single "Mull of Kintyre" became the first single to sell more than two million copies in the UK, and remains the UK's top selling non-charity single. (Three charity singles have since surpassed it in sales; the first to do so—in 1984—was Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?", whose participants included McCartney.)
His company MPL Communications owns the copyrights to more than 3,000 songs, including all of the songs written by Buddy Holly, along with the publishing rights to such musicals as Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, and Grease.
An iconic figure in contemporary culture, he is regarded internationally as an entertainer and humanitarian. Aside from his musical work, McCartney is an actor, a painter, a poet, and an advocate for animal rights, vegetarianism, and music education; he is active in campaigns against landmines, seal hunting, and Third World debt.
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