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The Heatland Festival, for whom this work was commissioned, had for years been home to a thriving Shakespearean festival. So when they asked Tony Silvestri and Eric to write an original work for them, they immediately decided that the poem should be a traditional fourteen line sonnet.


Born in 1970, Eric Whitacre has become one of the leading voices in contemporary choral composition. His concert works are regularly performed throughout the world.

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