Arvo Pärt: In principio

Arvo Pärt: In principio for mixed choir (SATB) and orchestra | UE32655

Genesis (St. John I, 1-14)

This is the choral score edition of Arvo Pärt's "In principio" for mixed choir and orchestra, composed in 2003.

Instrument:
for mixed choir (SATB) and orchestra
Edition type:
choral score
Composer:
Pärt Arvo
Theme:
Contemporary Music
Languages:
Latin
  • UE32655
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-2916-4
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-07680-0
  • 21 × 29.7 cm
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Contents – In principio for mixed choir (SATB) and orchestra

  • I. In principio erat Verbum (Jo. 1, 1–5)
  • II. Fuit homo missus a Deo (Jo. 1, 6–8)
  • III. Erat lux vera (Jo. 1, 9–11)
  • IV. Quotquot autem acceperunt sum (Jo. 1, 12–13)
  • V. Et Verbum caro factum est (Jo. 1, 14)

Description

"In principio" takes its words from the Gospel of John 1:1-14 and puts them into a five-movement form. This work, as in all of Pärt's music, is governed by a strict formal design, with the clarity of the musical structure corresponding to that of the Latin text. The first movement (vv. 1-5) and the fifth (v. 14) are limited to two opposing formal elements: a static, syllabically articulated A-minor chord, and its timbral and tonal opposite, a fanfare-like figure that expands with each new section, growing in loudness and returning to its beginning after traversing all twelve keys. The second movement (vv. 6-8), devoted to John the Baptist, is conceived as a powerfully moving single-voice monody. The central third movement (vv. 9-11) is not only the longest but the one whose message Pärt specially emphasised by repeating the words three times - something he had never done before in his vocal music. He evidently did so to send a signal directly to each and every one of us. The fourth

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Instrument:
for mixed choir (SATB) and orchestra
Edition type:
choral score
Composer:
Pärt Arvo
Theme:
Contemporary Music
Languages:
Latin

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