Arvo Pärt: Da pacem Domine

  • for choir (SATB) and string orchestra
  • Duration: 6’
  • Instrumentation details:
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    contrabass
  • Choir: SATB
  • Composer: Arvo Pärt
  • Table of contents:
    Da pacem Domine für Chor oder Solisten (SATB) a cappella
  • Commission: Jordi Savall

Work introduction

Arvo Pärt wrote the prayer of piece Da pacem Domine to fulfil a commission from Jordi Savall. He began to set this ninth-century Gregorian antiphon two days after the Madrid bombings on 11 March 2004 as his personal tribute to the victims.

Since then Da pacem Domine has been performed every year in Spain to commemorate the victims of this terrorist attack. Even while originally composing this four-voice piece, Pärt made allowances for variable scorings. As a result, it exists in several versions, not only for voice but also entirely for instruments.

Wolfgang Sandner

Audiosamples

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
Niguliste Church, Tallinn (EE)
Date:
18.05.2007
Orchestra:
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Conductor:
Tõnu Kaljuste

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