Arvo Pärt: Da pacem Domine

Arvo Pärt Da pacem Domine
Da pacem Domine

Arvo Pärt: Da pacem Domine

Year of composition:
2004/2008
Scored for:
for choir (SATB) and orchestra
Composer:
Arvo Pärt
Instrumentation:
2 2 2 2 - 4 2 2 1 - timp, perc, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
1st oboe
2nd oboe
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
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
bass tuba
timpani
percussion
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Duration:
6’
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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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World première

Location:
Potsdam
Date:
27.04.2008
Orchestra:
Neues Kammerorchester Potsdam
Conductor:
Ud Joffe

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