Arvo Pärt: Silhouette

Arvo Pärt Silhouette
Silhouette

Arvo Pärt: Silhouette

Year of composition:
2009
Scored for:
for string orchestra and percussion
Composer:
Arvo Pärt
Instrumentation:
0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 - perc(4), str(16 14 12 10 8)
Instrumentation details:
percussion (4 player: crotali (=cymbales antiques), vibraphone, tubular bells, 2 javlanese gongs (in F, G), triangle, suspended cymbal, sizzle cymbal, cymbal a2, tam-tam, bass drum)
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Commission:
Œuvre commandée par Orchestre de Paris – Salle Pleyel
Duration:
7’
Dedication:
dédiée à Paavo Järvi et l’Orchestre de Paris (Paavo Järvi und Orchestre de Paris gewidmet)
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Work introduction

The first impulse to write this work came from my spontaneous reaction to Paavo Järvis' first-class interpretations of my work, which I had heard on one of his CDs. I called him immediately to tell him of my enthusiasm, and thus discovered he was about to take on a new role as head conductor at the Orchestre de Paris.  I was filled with the irresistible urge to write something for this occasion, for his “new orchestra”.  In the course of the telephone call it emerged that Paavo Järvis agreed.  I immediately thought of Gustave Eiffel and his work, of a homage to a great architect.  I was very happy to hear that the orchestra reacted positively to my idea. 

A splendid book of illustrations of the plans and blueprints for the tower lay on my desk, captivating me.  I was impressed and inspired in many different ways by Eiffel's artistic vision, by his combination of sober rationality and elegance.  From the perspective of a composer Eiffel's tower has many features which compare to the structure of a piece of music – the connections between the structural elements, the transparency of the construction, and much more.  Even stasis, such an important aspect of architecture, is also a key element of a piece of music. 

As regards my work Silhouette, the piece came out short and light, like a dance, a waltz, something dizzying – perhaps like the winds which caress this pointed colossos.  

Arvo Pärt

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Silhouette

Arvo Pärt: Silhouette

study score
for string orchestra and percussion , 7’
Instr.: 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 - perc(4), str(16 14 12 10 8)

Silhouette

Arvo Pärt: Silhouette

full score
for string orchestra and percussion , 7’
Instr.: 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 - perc(4), str(16 14 12 10 8)

Silhouette

Arvo Pärt: Silhouette

study score
for string orchestra and percussion , 7’
Instr.: 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 - perc(4), str(16 14 12 10 8)

World première

Location:
Paris
Date:
04.11.2010
Orchestra:
Orchestre de Paris
Conductor:
Paavo Järvi

Press reviews

Watch a video of the world première of Silhouette at the Orchestre de Paris website.

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