Sorry, Sting, but it sounds like Paul McCartney has just lapped you in the race to be the pop musician with the most classical bona fides.
Mr. McCartney, the former Beatle and Wings man whose orchestral works include Standing Stone" and Ecce Cor Meum," told BBC News that he has agreed to write the music for a ballet and has already started work on the project.
I'm interested in doing things I haven't done before," Mr. McCartney said to the BBC. That offer came up and I love writing music, the two went together and I said, Yeah, so I just accept things before I even know what I'm doing."
Mr. McCartney did not say who the music was being written for or when it might be performed, but he acknowledged that it was an unusual excursion, even for someone who has ridden shotgun in a yellow submarine, designed his own postage stamps and been recorded eating vegetables by both the Beach Boys and Super Furry Animals.
I don't really know that much about it yet," Mr. McCartney said. I'm just writing music for it, but its a switch."