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Arvo Pärt: Summa

  • for 8 (4) violoncellos
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st violoncello
    2nd violoncello
    3rd violoncello
    4th violoncello
    5th violoncello
    6th violoncello
    7th violoncello
    8th violoncello
  • Composer: Arvo Pärt

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Work introduction

“I have developed a highly formalised compositional system, which I have been using to write my music for twenty years. Summa is the most strict and enigmatic work in this series”, said Arvo Pärt in 1994. The neutral title itself embodies the essence of the content as the work is based on the text of the Latin Credo. The great simplicity of the piece masks its complexity. The underlying rules ensure that on the surface a cycle of continuous change is created while the deep structure possesses an order of stillness. Originally Pärt composed Summa for choir, yet he later created various arrangements.

World première

Location:
Church , Rakvere (EE)
Date:
29.08.2010
Orchestra:
Cello Octet Amsterdam

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