Paul McCartney makes another musical foray, this time into the world of ballet. McCartney has just announced the general release of Ocean’s Kingdom, commissioned by the New York City Ballet. The recording will be released by Hear Music/Telarc on October 4. Almost everything McCartney does musically is gold, so this is something you might want to keep an eye on!
According to his press release Ocean’s Kingdom is the first time McCartney has written an original orchestral score or any kind of music for dance and it is the result of a collaboration between McCartney and New York City Ballet’s Master in Chief Peter Martins. The score is written for the world premiere of a new ballet for the company’s 2011-2012 season this September.
The hour long score is divided into four movements – “Ocean’s Kingdom,” “Hall of Dance,” “Imprisonment” and “Moonrise” – and the ballet tells of a love story set within the story of an underwater world whose people are threatened by the humans of Earth.
The premiere of the ballet Ocean’s Kingdom will take place at New York City Ballet’s Fall Gala on September 22 while the release of the orchestral score will follow on October 4.