Arvo Pärt: Songs from Childhood

Arvo Pärt Songs from Childhood
Songs from Childhood

Arvo Pärt: Songs from Childhood

Scored for:
for children's choir and piano
Arvo Pärt
Table of contents:
Ich bin schon groß - I Am Already Big
Lied des Marienkäfers - Ladybird's Song
Die Frösche - Frogs
Lieber Weihnachtsmann, wo bleibst du? - Oh Where Are You Father Christmas?
Der Weihnachtsmann - Santa Claus
Was braust er schön - Let the Snow Swish
Lied des Glühwürmchens - Firefly's Song
Die Puppe hat keinen Namen - The Doll Has No Name
Mamas Kuss - Mommy's Kiss (piano solo)
Liebes Büchlein - The Book
Der Schulweg - Road to School
Dornröschen - Sleeping Beauty
Der kleine Motorroller - The Little Motor-Scooter
Lied des Atömchens - The Song of Atom-Boy
Sommerwalzer - Summer Waltz
für meine Mutter / to my mother
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Songs from Childhood
Songs from Childhood
Songs from Childhood
Songs from Childhood
Songs from Childhood
Songs from Childhood

Work introduction

“I went to nursery school every day until the end of secondary school!” Arvo Pärt says and pauses, staring slyly at his listener. Only after a few lengthy seconds more does he add: “My mother worked at a nursery school in Rakvere, and I always went to visit her after my lessons.” There, the future composer often sat at the piano and played or improvised for his little friends. Children’s stories and songs as well as their world of make-believe was a natural, everyday environment for Pärt. Even now, many decades later, he knows by heart a large number of nursery rhymes and silly ditties, and can pull them out of his sleeve at just the right moment. Arvo Pärt finds a common language with children with ease – just as children do with him.

On 21 October, the Arvo Pärt Centre together with Universal Edition presented Songs from Childhoodat the Berlin Dussmann KulturKaufhaus in Berlin. We filmed the whole event, watch our video here:

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