Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe (Berlin Mass)

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Berliner Messe (Berlin Mass)

Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe (Berlin Mass) for mixed choir (SATB) and string orchestra - PDF-Sheet Music Download | UED3555400

'... diatonic melodies, clearly defined rhythmic patterns, consonant harmonic textures that coalesce into long, arching spans during which time seems to stand still.' (Peter G. Davis, music critic)

Instrument:
for mixed choir (SATB) and string orchestra
Edition type:
study score
Composer:
Pärt Arvo
Theme:
Contemporary Music, Study Score Series
Edition info:
PDF-Download 1999, revidierte Fassung 2002
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Contents – Berliner Messe (Berlin Mass) for mixed choir (SATB) and string orchestra

  • Kyrie
  • Gloria
  • Erster Alleluiavers zum Weihnachtsfest (ad lib.)
  • Zweiter Alleluiavers zum Weihnachtsfest (ad lib.)
  • Erster Alleluiavers zum Pfingstfest (ad lib.)
  • Zweiter Alleluiavers zum Pfingstfest (ad lib.)
  • Veni Sancte Spiritus (ad lib.)
  • Credo
  • Sanctus
  • Agnus Dei

Description

The Berlin Mass is intended to be sung liturgically during Pentecost, and includes the Veni Sancte Spiritus specific to that service. The gently unfolding repetition deliberately avoids dramatic and pictorial elements, exuding quiet dignity and a profound sense of joy. The vocal scores have almost no interpretive markings. Dynamics and tempi are left to the performers; it is their task to experience and communicate the rich spiritual possibilities offered in the music. The work is devout and transparent. For the willing listener, it can be a clear window into the soul. (Richard Brown) The Berlin Mass was given its first performance (by Theatre of Voices) at the Catholic Days in Berlin during May 1990. The occasion was a celebration of Mass, and the music, scored for four singers and organ, had a strictly liturgical function. Pärt subsequently decided to orchestrate the work for strings and chorus, and also made many changes to details of the composition, most substantially to the acco

Reviews

'... diatonic melodies, clearly defined rhythmic patterns, consonant harmonic textures that coalesce into long, arching spans during which time seems to stand still.' (Peter G. Davis, music critic) The Berlin Mass is famous, difficult regarding the intonation, but impressive and good church music of the 20th century. (Kirchenmusik Limburg, 2/2006)

Additional information

Instrument:
for mixed choir (SATB) and string orchestra
Edition type:
study score
Composer:
Pärt Arvo
Theme:
Contemporary Music, Study Score Series
Edition info:
PDF-Download 1999, revidierte Fassung 2002

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