Arvo Pärt: “These Words ...”

Arvo Pärt “These Words ...”
“These Words ...”

Arvo Pärt: “These Words ...”

Year of composition:
2007-2008
Scored for:
for string orchestra and percussion
Composer:
Arvo Pärt
Instrumentation:
perc(2), str
Instrumentation details:
percussion(2)
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Commission:
Commissioned by Léonie Sonnings Musikfond, Denmark
Duration:
10–15'
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Work introduction

"Arvo Pärt is one of the most original voices on the international music scene today." This is one of the reasons given by the Sonning Music Foundation for awarding the composer the Léonie Sonning Prize – the most important distinction in the Danish music world.

As its textual basis Pärt uses the human foibles mentioned in the old Church Slavonic prayer from the Canon to the Guardian Angel, while the title derives from associations between this material and Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Eric Marinitsch

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“These Words ...”

Arvo Pärt: “These Words ...”

study score
for string orchestra and percussion
Instr.: perc(2), str

“These Words ...”

Arvo Pärt: “These Words ...”

study score
for string orchestra and percussion
Instr.: perc(2), str

“These Words ...”

Arvo Pärt: “These Words ...”

full score
for string orchestra and percussion
Instr.: perc(2), str

World première

Location:
Kopenhagen
Date:
22.05.2008
Orchestra:
Danmarks RSO
Conductor:
Tõnu Kaljuste

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