'Ocean's Kingdom' will debut in September at the New York City Ballet

Paul McCartney’s ballet composition, ‘Ocean’s Kingdom’, will be released by Decca on October 3.

The ballet itself will open on September 22 at New York City Ballet. There will be four more performances of the piece in September and then five additional shows in January 2012. The show is 90 minutes long and takes the form of a love story set underwater, during which the peace of the ocean comes under attack from humans, reports Billboard.

‘Ocean’s Kingdom’ is made up of four movements and is conducted by John Wilson and performed by the London Classical Orchestra. Of the music, the former Beatle has said 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.”

There is an irony in the fact that it is Decca who are releasing ‘Ocean’s Kingdom’, as they were the label to reject The Beatles in the early 1960s, apparently saying that the band had “no future in showbusiness.”