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Arvo Pärt

(b. 1935)


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(b Paide, 1935).

Estonian composer. Worked for Estonian radio 1958–67. Emigrated in 1980, settling in (West) Berlin 1982. Early works influenced by Shostakovich, but later adopted strict serialism and eventually collages and minimalism. Works incl.:

orch.:

syms.: No.1 (1963), No.2 (1966), No.3 (1971);

Nekrolog

(1960);

Perpetuum mobile

(1963);

Pro et Contra

, vc. conc. (1966);

Credo

, pf., ch., orch. (1968);

If Bach had kept bees (Wenn Bach Bienen gezüchtet hätte

), 2 versions, hpd., elec. (1978), hpd., 20 str. (1980);

Tabula rasa

, double conc., 2 vn. (or vn. and va.), str., prepared pf. (1977);

Fratres

, str., perc. (1977, rev. 1991), vn., str. (1977, rev. 1991) (see also ensemble and chamber music);

Summa

, str. (1980–91) (see also choral and chamber music);

Cantus in memory of Benjamin Britten

, str., bell (1980);

Festina lente

, str., opt. hp. (1988, rev. 1990);

Silouan's Song (My Soul yearns after the Lord …),

str. (1991);

Trisagion

, str. (1992, rev. 1994);

Mein Weg

, 14 str. (1999);

Orient & Occident

, str. (2000);

Lamentate

, pf., orch. (2002).

choral:

Cantate Domino Canticum Novum

(Ps. 95), vv., instr. (1977–91);

Missa syllabica

, vv., instr. (1977–91);

De profundis

, male ch., perc. (opt.), org. (1980);

Summa

, unacc. ch. or 4 soloists (1980–90) (see also orch. and chamber mus.);

St John Passion

, ten., bass, vocal qt., ch., ob., bn., vn., vc., org. (1982);

By the Waters of Babylon

, ch., instr. (1984), with org. (1991);

Te Deum

, 3 ch., pf., tape, str. (1984–5, rev. 1986);

7 Magnificat Antiphons

, unacc. ch. (1988, rev. 1991);

Magnificat

, unacc. ch. (1989);

Nun eile ich zu euch

, unacc. ch. or soloists (1989);

Miserere

, 5 soloists, ch., ens., org. (1989, rev. 1990);

Mother of God and Virgin

, unacc. ch. (1990);

Beatus Petronius

, 2 ch., 2 org. (1990);

Statuit ei Dominus

, 2 ch., 2 org. (1990);

The Beatitudes

, ch. or soloists, org. (1990, rev. 1991);

Berlin Mass

, ch. or soloists, org. or str. (1990–1, rev. 1997);

An den Wassern zu Babel

, ch., org. (1991);

Litany

, ch., orch. (1994);

I am the true vine

, unacc. ch. (1996);

Canon of Repentance

, unacc. ch. (1997);

Kanon Pokajanen

, unacc. ch. (1997);

Triodion

, unacc. ch. (1998);

My Heart's in the Highlands

, ch., org. (2000); …

which was the son of

…, unacc. ch. (2000);

Nunc dimittis

, unacc. ch. (2001);

Salve Regina

, ch., org. (2002);

In principio

, ch., orch. (2003).

voice(s) & instr(s).:

Sarah was 90 years old

, sop., 2 ten., perc., org. (1983–90);

Psalm 121

, ten. or bar., str. qt. (1984);

Es sang vor langen Jahren

, motet, counterten., vn., va. (1984);

Psalm 117 and Psalm 131

, sop., cont., counterten., ten., bass (1984);

Stabat Mater

, sop., cont., ten., vn., va., vc. (1985);

Zwei Wiegenlieder

, 2 female vv., pf. (2002);

L'Abbé Agathon

, sop., 4 va., 4 vc. (2004).

ensemble:

Collage on BACH

, str., ob., hpd., pf. (1964);

Fratres

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Subjects: Music.


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