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Paul McCartney's Ecce Cor Meum

''Ecce Cor Meum''
Paul McCartney's full-length work of classical music, "Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart)," is Sir Paul's fourth classical album.

"Ecce Cor Meum" has been more than eight years in the making and its origins follow in the historic tradition of composers that have been commissioned to write music for the world-renowned Magdalen College Oxford.

Paul was specially invited by Magdalen president Anthony Smith to compose something to set the seal on a new concert hall for the college. His hope was for "a choral piece, which could be sung by young people the world over in the same way that Handel's 'Messiah' is."

"Ecce Cor Meum" is scored for choir and orchestra.

The text combines English and Latin. Paul's knowledge of Latin comes from his classical education at The Liverpool Institute, where he had learned three languages by the time he was twelve.

"Not all of this has been retained over the years as my path went in other directions," says Paul, "but my love of language remains, and as Latin is known and sung by choirs all over the world, I felt it would be appropriate to use at times during the piece."

Paul McCartney on Ecce Cor Meum