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Arvo Pärt: Litany

  • Prayers of St John Chrysostom for each hour of the day and night (1994/1996)
  • for soli, mixed choir and orchestra
  • 2 2 2 2 - 2 1 1 0 - perc(3), str
  • Duration: 25–30'
  • Soloists:
    alto or countertenor
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute (+picc)
    2nd flute (+picc)
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe
    1st clarinet in A
    2nd clarinet in A
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    trumpet in C
    violin I
    violin II
    double bass
  • Choir: SATB
  • Composer: Arvo Pärt
  • Table of contents:
    Litany für Soli, gemischten Chor und Orchester
  • Dedication: to Helmuth Rilling and the Oregon Bach Festival


The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Eugene (US)
Festival Orchestra
Helmuth Rilling
Main soloists:
Hilliard Ensemble

Press reviews

"Listening to Arvo Pärt's newest composition, Litany, is like walking alone in a vast, empty space. A deserted monastery, perhaps. History and stillness hang thick as incense in the air. Light from arched windows patterns the floor. Columns soar heavenward. These images are all in the imagination. But such is the power of Pärt's religious music that it inevitably sends listeners on an inward journey back in time."

David Stabler, The Oregonian, 28.6.1994

"As the 24th and last prayer ebbed into silence, the audience seemed loath to disturb the atmosphere the performers had created. After several moments of silence, however, they stood as one to give the soloists, chorus, orchestra, conductor and composer a well deserved and lengthy ovation."

Scott Skelton, The Register-Guard, 1.7.1994

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