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Arvo Pärt: Da pacem Domine

  • for choir (SATB) and orchestra
  • 2 2 2 2 - 4 2 2 1 - timp, perc, str
  • Duration: 6’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute
    2nd flute
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe
    1st clarinet in Bb
    2nd clarinet in Bb
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    3rd horn in F
    4th horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    bass tuba
    timpani
    percussion
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    contrabass
  • Composer: Arvo Pärt

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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

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The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
Erlöserkirche, Potsdam (DE)
Date:
27.04.2008
Orchestra:
Neues Kammerorchester Potsdam
Conductor:
Ud Joffe

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