Arvo Pärt: Como cierva sedienta

Arvo Pärt Como cierva sedienta
Como cierva sedienta

Arvo Pärt: Como cierva sedienta

Year of composition:
1998/2002
Scored for:
for soprano or female choir and orchestra
Composer:
Arvo Pärt
Choir:
SA (unisono)
Soloists:
soprano
Instrumentation:
3 3 3 3 - 4 2 3 0 - timp, perc(5), hp, str
Instrumentation details:
piccolo
1st flute
2nd flute (+alto fl)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
cor anglais
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
bass clarinet in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
contrabassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
timpani
percussion(5)
harp
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Commission:
Obra escrita por encargo de 15° Festival de Música de Canarias 1999
Remarks:
Former title: Como anhela la cierva
Duration:
30’
Dedication:
für Caecilia
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Work introduction

On February 3rd 1999 in Santa Cruz, Patricia Rozario with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Okko Kamu has premiered Como cierva sedienta (”As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.”), commissioned by the Festival de Musica de Canarias.

After a period of focusing on a cappella choral works, culminating in the substantial Kanon pokajanen, this is Arvo Pärt’s first work for solo soprano and orchestra. He has chosen the verses of Psalms 42 and 43 as his evocative and powerful text and, not for the first time, has striven to set the words in the native language of his audience. The idiosyncratic inflections of Spanish are reflected in the music, as is the purity of Rozario’s soprano voice and the psalmist’s yearning. Large orchestral forces never swamp the soloist: since fragments in a variety of rhythmic patterns are passed from instrument to instrument, the soprano line runs like the brightest thread through an open-weave tapestry.

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Next performances

16 Feb

Como cierva sedienta

Konzerthaus Berlin, Berlin (DE)

18 Feb

Como cierva sedienta

Konzerthaus Berlin, Berlin (DE)

World première

Location:
Stockholm
Date:
16.06.2000
Orchestra:
Swedish RSO
Conductor:
Tõnu Kaljuste

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