wrote Hymn to a Great City in
1984 as a gift to his friends Mirjam and William Miesse. The name of the city
referred to in the title of this miniature is not clear,
although it was initially associated with New York when it premiered there.
composer left many of the questions unanswered which he had posed in connection
with the work, causing him to withdraw it after the world premiere and leave it
untouched until 1999. That was the year in which his creative dialogue and
intensive work with pianists Johannes and Eduard Kutrowatz induced him to take
up the Hymn to a Great City again,
adding to it the maturity which, according to Pärt, would justify its
reintegration into the concert repertoire.
Translation Copyright © 2012 by Grant Chorley