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Arvo Pärt: Triodion

  • for mixed choir a cappella
  • Duration: 15’
  • Choir: SATB
  • Composer: Arvo Pärt
  • Table of contents:
    Introduction
    Ode I: O Jesus the Son of God, Have Mercy upon Us
    Ode II: O Most Holy Birth-giver of God, save Us
    Ode III: O Holy Saint Nicholas, Pray unto God for Us
    Coda (ad lib.)
  • Commission: Commission of Lancing College for their 150th anniversary
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Arvo Pärt: Triodion for mixed choir (SATB) a cappella | UE31228

  • Edition type: choral score
  • Languages: English
  • Edition info: Three odes from the Orthodox Prayer-Book.
  • Format: 21.0 × 29.7 cm
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-0746-9
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-05952-0
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Description

In 1976 Pärt responded to the death of Benjamin Britten (whom he never met) with the composition of one of his most powerful - and disarmingly simple - works, the "Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten" for strings and tubular bell. Twenty-two years later, he was able to come close to Britten again through a commission from Lancing College to mark their 150th anniversary. Not only was Britten's partner Peter Pears an alumnus of this Sussex school; Britten had also written the Christmas cantata "St Nicolas" for the 100th anniversary, back in 1948. St Nicolas is a patron saint of Lancing, and so Pärt sought a further connection for his commission. He selected three Odes from the Orthodox Prayer Book - one to 'Jesus the Son of God', one to the 'Most Holy Birth-giver of God', and the last to the 'Holy Saint Nicholas' (Britten's titular Saint lacks the 'h').

Each Ode is characteristically solemn, each is statically homophonic, and each builds to a climax prior to the mantra-like repetition of the final entreaty. All is stripped bare at this point: harmonic movement halts, silence becomes as important as sound, and centuries of mysticism are rolled back as Pärt communes with an ancient Orthodox past. (Meurig Bowen)

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Ode I: O Jesus the Son of God, Have Mercy upon Us
  • Ode II: O Most Holy Birth-giver of God, save Us
  • Ode III: O Holy Saint Nicholas, Pray unto God for Us
  • Coda (ad lib.)

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