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The choral composer uploaded initial sketches of his version of Trent Reznor's 'Hurt' on YouTube this afternoon, performed on piano.
Posting on Facebook, he said: "Hard to hear all the biting dissonances when I play it on piano but I think this is really going to work with voices."
Whitacre announced he was planning to work on the Nine Inch Nails cover in December 2013, saying he was 'haunted' by Trent Reznor's original version. As well as being covered by Whitacre, the song has also been released in a famous re-working by Johnny Cash.
The music will be premiered by The Eric Whitacre Singers in London, as part of the Reimagine concert on March 24. Other performers include accordionist Ksenija Sidorova and singer Laura Mvula.