Composer:   Eric Whitacre
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Walton Music
Edition:   WJMSI 001
Voicing:   SATB div
Setting:   Accompanied


Kathy Romey
University of Minnesota 1996
R&R Chair College & University

Cloudburst is a lush, impressionistic setting of contemporary music which is both accessible and intriguing—full of light and color, utilizing warm, romantic harmonies, tone clusters, stacked chords and rhythmic phrases contrasted with passages of improvisation and choral recitative that builds to a cloudburst created by the choir and percussion through the use of clapping, finger snapping, thunder sheets and bass drum interwoven with the sounds of wind chimes, cymbal, piano and improvised hand bells.