Arvo Pärt: L'abbé Agathon

Arvo Pärt L'abbé Agathon
L'abbé Agathon

Arvo Pärt: L'abbé Agathon

Year of composition:
2004/2005
Scored for:
for soprano, 4 violas and 4 violoncellos
Composer:
Arvo Pärt
Original language:
French
Translator:
Ellison Cori (2009)
Soloists:
soprano
Instrumentation details:
1st viola
2nd viola
3rd viola
4th viola
1st violoncello
2nd violoncello
3rd violoncello
4th violoncello
Duration:
15’
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L'abbé Agathon
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Work introduction

Arvo Pärt came across a legend concerning the patriarch Agathon, from the 4th century, in a book containing stories of The Desert Fathers. They take us back to the cradle of Christian monasticism, in the Egyptian desert, the narrative telling of the meeting between the hermit Agathon and the leper. Agathon is tested several times by the leper. Not until after he has passed these tests does the leper reveal himself as an angel sent by God, and blesses Agathon.

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L'abbé Agathon

Arvo Pärt: L'abbé Agathon

piano reduction
for soprano, 4 violas and 4 violoncellos , 15’

L'abbé Agathon

Arvo Pärt: L'abbé Agathon

full score
for soprano, 4 violas and 4 violoncellos , 15’

World première

Location:
Ossiach
Date:
10.07.2005
Orchestra:
Camerata Salzburg
Conductor:
Erwin Ortner

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