Universal Edition - Arvo Pärt – Greater Antiphons

Arvo Pärt

Arvo Pärt
Greater Antiphons

Year of composition: 1988/2015
Scored for: for string orchestra
Composer: Arvo Pärt
Instrumentation details:
violin I
violin II
double bass
Commissioned by: Commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director
Duration: 15′
Dedication: dedicated to Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic
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World Première

Location: Disney Hall Los Angeles / USA
Date: 28.05.2016
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel

Work Introduction

Pärt’s first collaboration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic resulted from the premiere performance of his Fourth Symphony, subtitled “Los Angeles,” in 2009. Written for string orchestra, harp, timpani and percussion, the symphony is often played around the world and is available from ECM on CD.

When the orchestra and its new chief conductor Gustavo Dudamel again invited Pärt to compose a piece, he recalled the orchestra’s particular string sound, its wealth of colour and its enormous dynamic breadth and the idea spontaneously came to arrange a purely a capella work from 1988, the Seven Magnificat Antiphons (also known in English as Greater Antiphons), for string orchestra. The work’s seven sections correspond to the seven verses, each of which begins with an invocation.

Pärt rearranged the vocal score and created a purely instrumental version; thus the work appears sonically in a completely new light, while its context rises to another artistic level.

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Greater Antiphons
  • for string orchestra
  • Edition type: full score

Future Performances

Location: Bazilika, Pannonhalma (H), Orchestra: Concerto Budapest, Conductor: Zoltán Rácz

Location: St. Stephen's Church, London (GB), Orchestra: Tamino Chamber Orchestra, Conductor: Nicholas Ansdell-Evans

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