Arvo Pärt: Abbot Agathon

Arvo Pärt Abbot Agathon
Abbot Agathon

Arvo Pärt: Abbot Agathon

Year of composition:
2004/2008
Scored for:
for female choir (SA) and string orchestra
Composer:
Arvo Pärt
Original language:
French
Translator:
Ellison Cori (2009)
Choir:
SA Solisten aus dem Chor (A alternativ kann durch T oder Bar. ersetzt werden)
Instrumentation details:
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Duration:
15’
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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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World première

Location:
Richmond
Date:
03.11.2008
Orchestra:
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Conductor:
Tõnu Kaljuste

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