Arvo Pärt: Orient & Occident

Arvo Pärt Orient & Occident
Orient & Occident

Arvo Pärt: Orient & Occident

Year of composition:
1999/2000
Scored for:
for string orchestra
Composer:
Arvo Pärt
Instrumentation details:
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Table of contents:
Orient & Occident für Streichorchester
Commission:
Auftragswerk der Berliner Festspiele 2000
Duration:
7’
Dedication:
Saulius Sondeckis und dem Litauischen Kammerorchester gewidmet
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Work introduction

As in his earlier orchestral works Psalom, Silouan's Song and Trisagion, it is a text that serves as the structural background for the score of Arvo Pärt's new work Orient [&] Occident. The text is liturgical in nature, and is used both in Western and in Orthodox Christianity.

The basic musical idea of the work is provided by a striking monodic line which recurs throughout – sometimes as a unison orchestral passage, sometimes hidden in a chord.

With the consistent regularity of links in a chain, the small, contrasting musical phrases, which emerge one after the other from each individual word of the text, are juxtaposed, thereby forming a softly interlocking musical current.

Arvo Pärt dedicated Orient [&] Occident to the conductor Saulius Sondeckis and his Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, with whom the composer has shared many years of creative cooperation.

Nora Pärt

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World première

Location:
Berlin
Date:
30.09.2000
Orchestra:
Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra
Conductor:
Saulius Sondeckis

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