Arvo Pärt: Te Deum

Arvo Pärt Te Deum
Te Deum

Arvo Pärt: Te Deum

Year of composition:
1984-1985/1992
Scored for:
for 3 choirs, prepared piano, string orchestra and tape
Composer:
Arvo Pärt
Choir:
SSAA/TTBB/SATB
Instrumentation details:
pno (prepared)
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
tape (Windharp) (The minimum number of players would be 10 8 6 6 4 or 8 8 6 6 4)
Table of contents:
Te Deum für drei Chöre, Klavier, Streichorchester und Tonband
Duration:
30’
Dedication:
Alfred Schlee gewidmet
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Work introduction

The liturgical text of the Te Deum consists of immutable truths. I am reminded of the sense of immeasurable serenity imparted by a mountain panorama. Swiss artist Martin Ruf once told me that he can distinguish over twenty shades of blue in the mountains when the air is clear. His words immediately turned into sound; I began to “hear” those “blue” mountains.

I wished only to convey a mood, a mood that could be infinite in time, by delicately removing one piece – one particle of time – out of the flow of infinity. I had to draw this music gently out of silence and emptiness.

The work Te Deum was a quest for something evanescent, something long lost or not yet found, the quest for something believed to be non-existent, but so real that it exists not only within us but beyond our being as well.

Arvo Pärt

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Arvo Pärt: Te Deum

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for 3 choirs, prepared piano, string orchestra and tape , 30’

Te Deum

Arvo Pärt: Te Deum

piano reduction
for 3 choirs, prepared piano, string orchestra and tape , 30’

Next performances

15 Feb

Te Deum

Konzerthaus Berlin, Berlin (DE)

16 Feb

Te Deum

Konzerthaus Berlin, Berlin (DE)

18 Feb

Te Deum

Konzerthaus Berlin, Berlin (DE)

World première

Location:
Köln
Date:
19.01.1985
Orchestra:
Kölner RSO
Conductor:
Dennis Russell Davies

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