Arvo Pärt: In spe

Arvo Pärt In spe
In spe

Arvo Pärt: In spe

Year of composition:
2010
Scored for:
for wind quintet and string orchestra
Composer:
Arvo Pärt
Instrumentation:
1 1 1 1 – 1 0 0 0 – str
Instrumentation details:
flute
oboe
clarinet in Bb
bassoon
horn in F
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Duration:
8’
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Work introduction

By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept, for there they that carried us away captive required of us a song: and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion! How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? If I forget thee, O Jerusalem , let my right hand forget her cunning. (Psalm 137)

These lines from Psalm 137 also inspired Arvo Pärt to a "Kyrie Eleison" in 1976, in a variable arrangement for voices and instruments. The movement of the voices is not set to words, but simply to the three vowels of the Kyrie Eleison, i-e-o.

On the invitation of John Metcalf, artistic director of the Vale of Glamorgan festival in Wales/GB, Pärt was able to realise an idea which he had been developing for some time: the transposition and expansion of the work into an instrumental version for brass quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn) and string orchestra.

The première takes place on 9 Sept 2010 in Vale of Glamorgan/GB. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales perform under Tõnu Kaljuste.

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In spe

Arvo Pärt: In spe

full score
for wind quintet and string orchestra , 8’
Instr.: 1 1 1 1 – 1 0 0 0 – str

In spe

Arvo Pärt: In spe

study score
for wind quintet and string orchestra , 8’
Instr.: 1 1 1 1 – 1 0 0 0 – str

World première

Location:
Cardiff (GB)
Date:
09.09.2010
Orchestra:
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Conductor:
Tõnu Kaljuste

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