Paul McCartney's ballet score gets October release

Paul McCartney speaks during "The Love We Make: Paul McCartney and the Concert for New York City" panel during the Showtime portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour on Aug. 4, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

(CBS) Almost 50 years after Decca Records famously snubbed the Beatles, Paul McCartney has signed with the company to release a recording of his upcoming ballet.

The former Beatle announced Wednesday that "Ocean's Kingdom" will be released in the U.K. on Oct. 3.

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Reuters reports that the production, commissioned by the New York City Ballet, will debut on Sept. 22. There will be four additional performances in September and five more in January.

The 69-year-old said in a statement that he was "trying to write something that expressed an emotion - so you have fear, love, anger, sadness to play with, and I found that exciting and challenging."

McCartney first mentioned that he was working on a ballet in an interview with the BBC in June 2010. In February, he told The New York Times that the orchestral work is "basically a romantic story" involving two worlds - the ocean kingdom, which represents purity, and the earth kingdom, "the sort of baddies."

The daughter of the ocean king falls in love with the brother of the earth king, he explained, and "you'll have to see whether the couple make it."

The score, according to Reuters, lasts an hour and is divided into four movements - "Ocean's Kingdom," "Hall of Dance," "Imprisonment" and "Moonrise."

USA Today reports that the "Ocean's Kingdom" recording will be released in the U.S. by Hear Music/Telarc on Oct. 4.


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