Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe

Arvo Pärt Berliner Messe
Berliner Messe

Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe

Year of composition:
1990-1991/2002
Scored for:
for mixed choir (SATB) and string orchestra
Composer:
Arvo Pärt
Instrumentation:
minimum number of players: 10 8 6 6 4 or 8 8 6 6 4
Instrumentation details:
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass (The minimum number of players would be 10 8 6 6 4 or 8 8 6 6 4)
Table of contents:
Kyrie
Gloria
Erster Alleluiavers zum Weihnachtsfest (ad lib.)
Zweiter Alleluiavers zum Weihnachtsfest (ad lib.)
Erster Alleluiavers zum Pfingstfest (ad lib.)
Zweiter Alleluiavers zum Pfingstfest (ad lib.)
Veni Sancte Spiritus (ad lib.)
Credo
Sanctus
Agnus Dei
Commission:
im Auftrag des 90. Deutschen Katholikentages Berlin e.V.
Duration:
25’
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Work introduction

The Berlin Mass is intended to be sung liturgically during Pentecost, and includes the Veni Sancte Spiritus specific to that service. The gently unfolding repetition deliberately avoids dramatic and pictorial elements, exuding quiet dignity and a profound sense of joy. The vocal scores have almost no interpretive markings. Dynamics and tempi are left to the performers; it is their task to experience and communicate the rich spiritual possibilities offered in the music. The work is devout and transparent. For the willing listener, it can be a clear window into the soul. (Richard Brown)

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Berliner Messe

Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe

full score
for mixed choir (SATB) and string orchestra , 25’
Instr.: minimum number of players: 10 8 6 6 4 or 8 8 6 6 4

Next performances

04 Dec

Berliner Messe

Caird Hall, Dundee (GB)

05 Dec

Berliner Messe

Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh (GB)

06 Dec

Berliner Messe

Wellington Church, Glasgow (GB)

07 Dec

Berliner Messe

St. Machar's Cathedral, Aberdeen (GB)

08 Dec

Berliner Messe

Inverness Cathedral, Inverness (GB)

World première

Location:
Erlangen
Date:
18.12.1991
Orchestra:
Kammerorchester Schloss Werneck
Conductor:
Ulf Klausenitzer

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