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Universal Edition - Arvo Pärt – Adam's Lament

Arvo Pärt

Arvo Pärt
Adam's Lament

Year of composition: 2009
Scored for: for mixed choir and string orchestra
Composer: Arvo Pärt
Text Source: © 1952, 1990 Monastery of St John the Baptist, Essex, UK
ISBN 978-0-9512786-7-3
Translator: Rosemary Edmonds
Choir: SATB
Instrumentation details:
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Table of Contents:
Adam’s Lament für Chor (SATB) und Streichorchester
Commissioned by: Auftragswerk der Kulturhauptstädte
Istanbul 2010 und Tallinn 2011

Commissioned by Cultural Capital Istanbul 2010
and Cultural Capital Tallinn 2011
Duration: 24′
Dedication: dedicated to Archimandrite Sophrony (Sakharov)
 
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Audio Excerpt

Adam's Lament

World Première

Location: Hagia Irene Istanbul / Turkey
Date: 07.06.2010
Orchestra: Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra
Choir: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Conductor: Tõnu Kaljuste
Remarks: + Vox Clamantis

Work Introduction

To mark Arvo Pärt’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Istanbul Music Festival, a new work was premiered at a concert featuring highlights from the composer’s career: Adam’s Lament for choir and orchestra. The piece was co-commissioned by the European Capitals of Culture for 2010 and 2011, Istanbul and Tallin respectively.

Arvo Pärt has been fascinated by the life and work of St Silouan of Athos (1866–1938) for many years. As early as 1991, the writings of Silouan inspired Pärt to his composition Silouan’s Song, ‘My soul yearns after the Lord ...’ for string orchestra. Pärt’s new work Adam’s Lament is once again based on a text by Silouan, in which the monk laments Adam’s pain over the loss of paradise. Silouan’s sketches and writings are of great poetic power, and represent some of the most significant works in Russian poetry. The content and structure of the texts, which are sung in Russian, dictate the course of the music down to the smallest detail. Punctuation, syllable counts and word emphases all play decisive roles in the composition.

“For me, the name Adam is a collective term not merely for the whole of humanity, but for each individual, regardless of time, era, social class or religious affiliation. And this collective Adam has suffered and lamented on this earth for millennia. Our ancestor Adam foresaw the human tragedy that was to come and experienced it as his own guilty responsibility, the result of his sinful act. He suffered all the cataclysms of humanity into the depths of desperation, inconsolable in his agony.” (Arvo Pärt)

Study score – Adam’s Lament

This piece about Adam's Lament is based on a text by St Silouan of Athos.

  • for mixed choir (SATB) and string orchestra
  • Edition type: study score
  • Language: Russian
  • UE34740
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-6914-6
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-08256-6
EUR 42,50

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Choral score – Adam’s Lament

This piece about Adam's Lament is based on a text by St Silouan of Athos.

  • for mixed choir (SATB) and string orchestra
  • Edition type: choral score
  • Edition info: The sung text is printed in cyrillic and its latin transcription.
  • Language: Russian
  • UE34741
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-7017-3
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-08348-8
EUR 18,95

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piano reduction - Adam's Lament

Adam's Lament
  • for mixed choir and string orchestra
  • Edition type: piano reduction
  • Language: Russian

full score - Adam's Lament

Adam's Lament
  • for mixed choir and string orchestra
  • Edition type: full score

Future Performances

03.06.2017
Location: église des Jésuites, Brig (CH), Orchestra: Ensemble Fratres, Conductor: Pascal Crittin


02.09.2017
Location: Amsterdam (NL), Conductor: Jeroen Spitteler


03.09.2017
Location: Amsterdam (NL), Conductor: Jeroen Spitteler

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