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Arvo Pärt: Como cierva sedienta

  • for soprano or female choir and orchestra
  • 3 3 3 3 - 4 2 3 0 - timp, perc(5), hp, str
  • Duration: 30’
  • Soloists:
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute
    2nd flute (+alto fl)
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe
    cor anglais
    1st clarinet in Bb
    2nd clarinet in Bb
    bass clarinet in Bb
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    3rd horn in F
    4th horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    3rd trombone
    violin I
    violin II
  • Choir: SA (unisono)
  • Composer: Arvo Pärt
  • Dedication: für Caecilia
  • Commission: Obra escrita por encargo de 15° Festival de Música de Canarias 1999
  • Remarks: Former title: Como anhela la cierva
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Arvo Pärt: Como cierva sedienta for soprano or sa unison choir and orchestra | UE31370A

  • Edition type: solo voice part = choral score
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Format: 21.0 × 29.7 cm
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-2690-3
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-07534-6
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After a period of focusing on a cappella choral works, culminating in the substantial Kanon pokajanen, this is Arvo Pärt's first work for solo soprano and orchestra. He has chosen the verses of Psalms 42 and 43 as his evocative and powerful text and, not for the first time, has striven to set the words in the native language of his audience. The idiosyncratic inflections of Spanish are reflected in the music, as is the purity of Rozario's soprano voice and the psalmist's yearning. Large orchestral forces never swamp the soloist: since fragments in a variety of rhythmic patterns are passed from instrument to instrument, the soprano line runs like the brightest thread through an open-weave tapestry.

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