Arvo Pärt: Vater unser

Arvo Pärt Vater unser
Vater unser

Arvo Pärt: Vater unser

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for boy soprano and piano
Arvo Pärt
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Vater unser für Knabensopran und Klavier
To be performed by a boy soprano or children's choir (unison) with piano
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Vater unser

Work introduction

Arvo Pärt performs his Vater unser for Pope Benedict XVI

On 4 July Arvo Pärt performed his Vater unser (Our Father) for Pope Benedict XVI at a ceremony in the Vatican celebrating the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Pärt also presented the Pope with a copy of the manuscript, which is dedicated to him.

To honour the anniversary, over 60 artists from around the world have been invited to contribute to a new exhibition of artworks. Amongst the artists are the composers Arvo Pärt, Ennio Morricone and James MacMillan.

To commemorate this historical occasion, Universal Edition has released a new edition of Pärt’s Vater unser including a CD recording of the composer performing the work together with the boy soprano Heldur Harry Põlda, who performed with Pärt at the Vatican.

For more information about Pärt’s previous audiences in the Vatican, visit the Arvo Pärt website.

Visit the ERP website for more information about their new CD.

First page of the manuscript

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World première

Ossiach (AT)
Main soloists:
Johannes Forster, S; Arvo Pärt, pno

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