Arvo Pärt: Da pacem Domine

Arvo Pärt Da pacem Domine
Da pacem Domine

Arvo Pärt: Da pacem Domine

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for string quartet
Arvo Pärt
Instrumentation details:
1st violin
2nd violin
Table of contents:
Da pacem Domine für Streichquartett
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Da pacem Domine

Work introduction

Arvo Pärt wrote the prayer of piece Da pacem Domine to fulfil a commission from Jordi Savall. He began to set this ninth-century Gregorian antiphon two days after the Madrid bombings on 11 March 2004 as his personal tribute to the victims.

Since then Da pacem Domine has been performed every year in Spain to commemorate the victims of this terrorist attack. Even while originally composing this four-voice piece, Pärt made allowances for variable scorings. As a result, it exists in several versions, not only for voice but also entirely for instruments.

Wolfgang Sandner

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