Arvo Pärt: Kleine Litanei

Arvo Pärt Kleine Litanei
Kleine Litanei

Arvo Pärt: Kleine Litanei

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for mixed choir a cappella
Arvo Pärt
Auftragswerk des Wien Museums anlässlich der Wiedereröffnung der Virgilkapelle am Stephansplatz
Erwin Ortner und dem Arnold Schönberg Chor gewidmet
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Work introduction

Christian Kircher of the Vienna Museum approached me with the idea of contributing a short piece of music to the reopening of the wonderful medieval Virgil Chapel on Stephansplatz. I thought of a composition which could be taken as an invitation to prayer or contemplation.

The Kleine Litanei is an invocation of Saint Virgil, Bishop of Salzburg and one of the great theologians and thinkers of the early Middle Ages. It is dedicated to the Arnold Schönberg Chorus and its choirmaster Edwin Ortner, all of whom I have admired for many years. They are among the interpreters of my music who seem to understand my world at once.

Arvo Pärt

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Kleine Litanei

Arvo Pärt: Kleine Litanei

choral score
for mixed choir a cappella , 5’

World première

Virgilkapelle, Wien (AT)
Erwin Ortner

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