Arvo Pärt: Wallfahrtslied / Pilgrims' Song

Arvo Pärt Wallfahrtslied / Pilgrims' Song
Wallfahrtslied / Pilgrims' Song

Arvo Pärt: Wallfahrtslied / Pilgrims' Song

Year of composition:
1984/2001
Scored for:
for male choir and string orchestra
Composer:
Arvo Pärt
Choir:
TBar
Instrumentation details:
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Table of contents:
Wallfahrtslied / Pilgrim's Song - Psalm 121 (120)
Commission:
laut Information von Hr. Marinitsch: KEIN AUFTRAG
Duration:
9’
Dedication:
in memory of Grigori Kromanov
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Work introduction

When my friend Grigori Kromanov, the Estonian film and stage director, died in July 1984, it was like a bolt from the blue. Suddenly an invisible rift had opened up between us – with me still on the side of time and him already in the sphere of timelessness.

My Pilgrims’ Song is an attempt to overcome this insurmountable gap through a gentle touch, a greeting. I wanted the two worlds, Here and There, to merge in the music, as contrasting layers – that was the origin of the work.

On the one side, there is the dynamism and mobility of the orchestra – and on the other, the static quality of the men’s voices, reduced to a single pitch, with the serenity of a mountain.

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills…

Arvo Pärt

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World première

Location:
Tallinn (EE)
Date:
07.04.2001
Orchestra:
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Conductor:
Tõnu Kaljuste

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