Pärt’s Swansong in Australia for the first time

Reading time: 1 min. Arvo Pärt

Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801– 1890), theologian, poet and thinker, was one of the most influential personalities in the England of his day. To mark the 200th anniversary of his birth, Arvo Pärt set to music one of Newman’s best-known texts, Littlemore Tractus. Originally conceived as a choral work with organ accompaniment, a version called Swansong for orchestra was created by Pärt, which receives its Australian première in Adelaide Town Hall on 22 and 23 June 2018 by the Adelaide SO (conductor Arvo Volmer).

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