Arvo Pärt: Credo

Arvo Pärt Credo
Credo

Arvo Pärt: Credo

Year of composition:
1968
Scored for:
for piano, mixed choir and orchestra
Composer:
Arvo Pärt
Choir:
SATB
Soloists:
piano
Instrumentation:
4 2 3 4 - 4 4 3 1 - timp, perc(8), str
Instrumentation details:
1st piccolo
2nd piccolo
1st flute
2nd flute
1st oboe
2nd oboe
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
1st bass clarinet in Bb
2nd bass clarinet in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st contrabassoon
2nd contrabassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in Bb
2nd trumpet in Bb
3rd trumpet in Bb
4th trumpet in Bb
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
tuba
timpani
percussion(8)
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Table of contents:
Credo für Klavier, gemischten Chor und Orchester
Duration:
12’
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Work introduction

In the 1960s I became so fascinated by that central idea of Christianity “Love your enemies” that it gave birth to my composition Credo. The work comprises two musically opposing, colliding worlds: one serial and aleatoric, the other an arrangement of a prelude by Bach. What I wanted to show through the work's unfolding – inexorable like a chain reaction – is how the postulate ‘An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’, harmless as it may seem in its initial stage, only gradually displays the full destructive dimensions of its true face; an escalation of power that, like an avalanche, eventually comes up against its own limits. What at first we perceive as human justice finally turns into its opposite. ‘Do not resist one who is evil’ … ‘Love your enemies’ – there is nothing more radical and enigmatic than these words of Christ, which nearly burst the bounds of our reason. And yet…

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World première

Location:
Tallinn
Date:
16.11.1968
Orchestra:
Estonian RSO
Conductor:
Neeme Järvi

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