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Arvo Pärt: Wallfahrtslied / Pilgrims' Song

  • for male choir and string orchestra
  • Duration: 9’
  • Instrumentation details:
    violin I
    violin II
  • Choir: TBar
  • Composer: Arvo Pärt
  • Table of contents:
    Wallfahrtslied / Pilgrim's Song - Psalm 121 (120)
  • Dedication: in memory of Grigori Kromanov
  • Commission: laut Information von Hr. Marinitsch: KEIN AUFTRAG

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Work introduction

When my friend Grigori Kromanov, the Estonian film and stage director, died in July 1984, it was like a bolt from the blue. Suddenly an invisible rift had opened up between us – with me still on the side of time and him already in the sphere of timelessness.

My Pilgrims’ Song is an attempt to overcome this insurmountable gap through a gentle touch, a greeting. I wanted the two worlds, Here and There, to merge in the music, as contrasting layers – that was the origin of the work.

On the one side, there is the dynamism and mobility of the orchestra – and on the other, the static quality of the men’s voices, reduced to a single pitch, with the serenity of a mountain.

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills…

Arvo Pärt


The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Tallinn (EE)
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Tõnu Kaljuste

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