Arvo Pärt: Litany

Arvo Pärt Litany
Litany

Arvo Pärt: Litany

Year of composition:
1994/1996
Subtitle:
Prayers of St John Chrysostom for each hour of the day and night
Scored for:
for soli, mixed choir and orchestra
Composer:
Arvo Pärt
Choir:
SATB
Soloists:
alto (countertenor), 2 tenors, bass
Instrumentation:
2 2 2 2 - 2 1 1 0 - perc(3), str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute (+picc)
2nd flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
1st clarinet in A
2nd clarinet in A
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
trumpet in C
trombone
percussion(3)
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Table of contents:
Litany für Soli, gemischten Chor und Orchester
Duration:
25–30'
Dedication:
to Helmuth Rilling and the Oregon Bach Festival
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World première

Location:
Eugene
Date:
24.06.1994
Orchestra:
Festival Orchestra
Conductor:
Helmuth Rilling

Press reviews

"Listening to Arvo Pärt's newest composition, Litany, is like walking alone in a vast, empty space. A deserted monastery, perhaps. History and stillness hang thick as incense in the air. Light from arched windows patterns the floor. Columns soar heavenward. These images are all in the imagination. But such is the power of Pärt's religious music that it inevitably sends listeners on an inward journey back in time."

David Stabler, The Oregonian, 28.6.1994


"As the 24th and last prayer ebbed into silence, the audience seemed loath to disturb the atmosphere the performers had created. After several moments of silence, however, they stood as one to give the soloists, chorus, orchestra, conductor and composer a well deserved and lengthy ovation."

Scott Skelton, The Register-Guard, 1.7.1994

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