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Pärt's take on the Te Deum text, also known as the "Ambrosian Hymn", employs his signature tintinnabuli style of composition. The melodic lines, as well as their harmonies, strictly follow the rhythms of the text, resulting in heightened importance given to the text itself and an unconventional setting. For advanced players and vocalists.
The liturgical text of the Te Deum consists of immutable truths. I am reminded of the sense of immeasurable serenity imparted by a mountain panorama. Swiss artist Martin Ruf once told me that he can distinguish over twenty shades of blue in the mountains when the air is clear. His words immediately turned into sound; I began to "hear" those "blue" mountains. I wished only to convey a mood, a mood that could be infinite in time, by delicately removing one piece - one particle of time - out of the flow of infinity. I had to draw this music gently out of silence and emptiness. The work Te Deum was a quest for something evanescent, something long lost or not yet found, the quest for something believed to be non-existent, but so real that it exists not only within us but beyond our being as well. (Arvo Pärt)
His is a music rich with silence in contrast with a noisy contemporary world, determined in its single-minded rejection of postmodern musical abundance - the fashionable anything-goes syndrome. EPCC - The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Pärt has taken Te Deum back to spirituality due to his absolute attitude to the Word. Europa cantat XIII, 1997