Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe

Arvo Pärt Berliner Messe
Berliner Messe

Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe

Year of composition:
1990/2002
Scored for:
for mixed choir or soloists (SATB) and organ
Composer:
Arvo Pärt
Choir:
SATB
Soloists:
soprano, alto, tenor, bass
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 1990 e.V.
Duration:
25’
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Berliner Messe
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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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World première

Location:
Berlin
Date:
24.05.1990
Conductor:
Paul Hillier

Press reviews

... diatonic melodies, clearly defined rhythmic patterns, consonant harmonic textures that coalesce into long, arching spans during which time seems to stand still. (Peter G. Davis)

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