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With a Lily in Your Hand at the Marktoberdorf International Chamber Choir Competition

July 21, 2009 at 5:15 pm UTC

An incredibly passionate and vibrant performance of With a Lily in Your Hand by the Poznan Chamber Choir. (And remarkably well-sung English, considering they’re all Polish). I just love how light and flexible it sounds with a smaller chamber choir.

I cannot believe it has been seventeen years since I wrote this piece…

  • Samuel Hunter

    This piece would be right at home on a choral program of renaissance madrigals, with Monteverdi and Gesualdo.

  • guthrie

    the conductor is rather distracting don't you think? kind of annoying.

  • hilary

    Outstanding. I'm not a fan of "un-EE-verse", but I'm a word snob. Otherwise, great voweling, superior emotional and physical commitment by the singers, and a great interpretation of a song you wrote when I was 12 years old. HA!

  • John W.

    Very supple interpretation. You're right, Eric, with fewer voices, the song is extremely flexible. The conductor did drive me nuts though. It was as if he thought he was sculpting the music on the spot. Too much about him, not enough about the marvelous choir.

  • Robbie Bennett

    I really enjoyed the conducting on both of these videos. They are quite different but both so enthusiastic and precise.

  • Steve

    I was there as a participant in the competition with the University of Utah Singers, and I watched this very performance!! A wonderful experience, and a beautiful piece.

  • Preston

    Wow Eric, your definitely old : )
    I'm 18-your older than my dad…

  • Tessy

    Very passionate and delicate at the same time, just like the poem is and the piece should be! I do prefer "UN-ee-verse" though, but then again I am picky about stuff like that. I can't believe they're Polish, I couldn't tell until I read your comment on the video. But you and the choir did Lorca proud: he's probably smiling from his grave every time the piece is performed. I know the piece always makes me smile. :)

    This piece may be an oldie, but it's definitely a goodie – still vibrant and fresh. I can't believe I was only four years old (!) when you wrote this. Wow!

  • Aubrey J.

    Seventeen years, and still fantastic.
    :)

  • Lynley

    I sang this piece when I was a Freshman in high school for All-State Choir in Arkansas. It has been one of my favorites that I have ever performed. :)

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Eric Whitacre is one of the most popular and performed composers of our time, a distinguished conductor, broadcaster and public speaker. His first album as both composer and conductor on Decca/Universal, Light & Gold, won a Grammy® in 2012, reaped unanimous five star reviews and became the no. 1 classical album in the US and UK charts within a week of release... view full bio