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Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe

  • for mixed choir (SATB) and string orchestra
  • minimum number of players: 10 8 6 6 4 or 8 8 6 6 4
  • Duration: 25’
  • Instrumentation details:
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    contrabass (The minimum number of players would be 10 8 6 6 4 or 8 8 6 6 4)
  • Composer: Arvo Pärt
  • Table of contents:
    Kyrie
    Gloria
    Erster Alleluiavers zum Weihnachtsfest (ad lib.)
    Zweiter Alleluiavers zum Weihnachtsfest (ad lib.)
    Erster Alleluiavers zum Pfingstfest (ad lib.)
    Zweiter Alleluiavers zum Pfingstfest (ad lib.)
    Veni Sancte Spiritus (ad lib.)
    Credo
    Sanctus
    Agnus Dei
  • Commission: im Auftrag des 90. Deutschen Katholikentages Berlin e.V.

Work introduction

The Berlin Mass is intended to be sung liturgically during Pentecost, and includes the Veni Sancte Spiritus specific to that service. The gently unfolding repetition deliberately avoids dramatic and pictorial elements, exuding quiet dignity and a profound sense of joy. The vocal scores have almost no interpretive markings. Dynamics and tempi are left to the performers; it is their task to experience and communicate the rich spiritual possibilities offered in the music. The work is devout and transparent. For the willing listener, it can be a clear window into the soul. (Richard Brown)

Audiosamples

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
Markuskirche, Erlangen (DE)
Date:
18.12.1991
Orchestra:
Kammerorchester Schloss Werneck
Conductor:
Ulf Klausenitzer

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