Arvo Pärt: L'abbé Agathon

  • for soprano, 4 violas and 4 violoncellos
  • Duration: 15’
  • Soloists:
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st viola
    2nd viola
    3rd viola
    4th viola
    1st violoncello
    2nd violoncello
    3rd violoncello
    4th violoncello
  • Composer: Arvo Pärt
  • Original language: French
  • Translator: Ellison Cori
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Arvo Pärt: L' abbé Agathon for soprano, 4 violas and 4 cellos | UE33004

  • Edition type: study score
  • Languages: English | French
  • Edition info: Orchestra material on hire
  • Format: 23.2 × 30.5 cm
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-3230-0
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-07827-9
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Arvo Pärt came across a legend concerning the patriarch Agathon, from the 4th century, in a book containing stories of The Desert Fathers. They take us back to the cradle of Christian monasticism, in the Egyptian desert, the narrative telling of the meeting between the hermit Agathon and the leper. Agathon is tested several times by the leper. Not until after he has passed these tests does the leper reveal himself as an angel sent by God, and blesses Agathon.

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