Arvo Pärt: Trisagion

  • for string orchestra
  • Duration: 12’
  • Instrumentation details:
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    contrabass
  • Composer: Arvo Pärt
  • Dedication: dedicated to the parish of prophet Elias in ilomantsi on the occasion of its 500th anniversary

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Work introduction

Trisagion is clearly divided into sections of great rhythmic and dynamic variety. Although in this case the work was composed for string orchestra, the note prefacing the score observes that all text parameters (number of syllables, accentuation, punctuation, etc.) were determining factors, and the Orthodox Slavonic which was Trisagion’s inspiration is written under the parts. After the eleventh and final sequences, the Lord’s Prayer, the nine-part strings pulsate on a single E minor chord into silence.

David Nice (taken from the booklet of Virgin Classics)

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World première

Location:
Ilomantsi (FI)
Date:
18.07.1992
Orchestra:
Ensemble 21
Conductor:
Lygia O'Riordan

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