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Arvo Pärt: Summa

(Arranger: Rosin, Beutler)

  • for recorder quartet
  • Duration: 5–6'
  • Instrumentation details:
    descant recorder (or tenor recorder)
    1st treble recorder (or 1st bass recorder)
    2nd treble recorder (or 2nd bass recorder)
    tenor recorder (or great bass recorder)
  • Composer: Arvo Pärt
  • Arranger: Sylvia Corinna RosinIrmhild Beutler
  • Adaptation: Sylvia Corinna RosinIrmhild Beutler

Work introduction

“I have developed a highly formalised compositional system, which I have been using to write my music for twenty years. Summa is the most strict and enigmatic work in this series”, said Arvo Pärt in 1994. The neutral title itself embodies the essence of the content as the work is based on the text of the Latin Credo. The great simplicity of the piece masks its complexity. The underlying rules ensure that on the surface a cycle of continuous change is created while the deep structure possesses an order of stillness. Originally Pärt composed Summa for choir, yet he later created various arrangements.

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