Paul McCartney Writes Music for New York City Ballet
According to the New York Times, music legend Paul McCartney wrote a piece of music for the New York City Ballet. The orchestral piece is entitled, "Ocean's Kingdom," and will be featured at the fall gala on September 22.
Peter Martins said of the project, "Of course, being a Beatles fan - because that's my generation - I was very intrigued. I knew of course about his foray into classical music and his interest in it. I said to him, ‘Maybe we could do something together.'"
He added, "This is Paul's baby. The only thing he has left to do is choreograph. He knows exactly what this is going to look like, he even has choreographic suggestions. He did a nice little jump for me. I said, ‘To me Paul, that needs work.'"
Formerly of The Beatles, McCartney is the most commercially successful songwriter in the history of popular music, according to Guinness World Records. McCartney gained worldwide fame as a member of The Beatles, alongside John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. McCartney and Lennon formed one of the most influential and successful songwriting partnerships and wrote some of the most popular songs in the history of rock music. After leaving The Beatles, McCartney launched a successful solo career and formed the band Wings with his first wife, Linda Eastman, and singer-songwriter Denny Laine. McCartney is listed in Guinness World Records as the "most successful musician and composer in popular music history", with 60 gold discs and sales of 100 million singles in the UK.