Arvo Pärt: Vater unser

Arvo Pärt Vater unser
Vater unser

Arvo Pärt: Vater unser

Year of composition:
2005/2013
Scored for:
for boy's voice or countertenor and string orchestra
Composer:
Arvo Pärt
Instrumentation details:
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
double bass
Duration:
2’50”
Dedication:
dem Heiligen Vater, Papst Benedikt XVI
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Work introduction

Arvo Pärt composed Vater Unser, the German version of the Lord’s Prayer, for boy’s voice and piano in 2005. Unlike many of his other works, this one was spontaneous, done in a single breath, giving it an immediate effect.

On 4 July 2011 Arvo Pärt performed his Vater unser for Pope Benedict XVI at a ceremony in the Vatican celebrating the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Pärt also presented the Pope with a copy of the manuscript, which is dedicated to him.

At the suggestion of Andreas Scholl, Pärt arranged it in 2013 for countertenor and strings.



First page of the manuscript, version for boy soprano and piano


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Vater unser

Arvo Pärt: Vater unser

score
for boy's voice or countertenor and string orchestra , 2’50”

Vater unser

Arvo Pärt: Vater unser

piano reduction
for boy's voice or countertenor and string orchestra , 2’50”

World première

Location:
Wollongong
Date:
03.10.2013
Orchestra:
Australian Chamber Orchestra

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