The Seven Magnificat-Antiphones by Arvo Pärt count as one of the few contemporary settings of the vesper. “Even in Estonia, Arvo was getting the same feeling that we were all getting. I love his music, and I love the fact that he is such a brave, talented man. Magnificat, the Canticle of Mary, by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (b. ) is in the tintinnabuli style invented by the composer himself in the ‘s. Influenced.

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Magnificat (Pärt)

The site is also available in several languages. Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use arfo checkbox to accept the defaults. Here is some of the most spiritually uplifting music of our generation, sung by that most virtuosic of choirs, Polyphony.

The disc ends with the masterpiece De profundis. Of course, time and popular imagination have artificially manufactured this account of creative metamorphosis.

Magnificat (Pärt) – Wikipedia

The musical means may be worlds apart, but the temperament and spirit of the man remain the same. It is a romantic, patronizing notion which fits well with the chrysalis analogy. But only in the broad, mega-commercial sense is it true. The extraordinarily compact essay in serial, palindromic layering Perpetuum mobilewritten in and dedicated to Luigi Nono, was presented successfully at numerous new-music festivals around Europe at that time.


Stone and glass; structure and space; eloquence through simplicity. The Agnus Dei of the Berlin Mass, for example, features alternating vocal strands which are bleak on paper, yet sensual and yielding in performance.

The booming, thumping intercessions of the bass drum serve perhaps as a primeval heartbeat. It is a work of perfect structure and immaculately achieved expression. The original version was for four solo voices and organ, but subsequent versions exist for choir and organ—as here—and choir and strings.

Arbo Credo is particularly interesting in that it is virtually mafnificat re-incarnation of the earlier Summa —but this time in a major key. The switch from minor to major clearly celebrates the greater freedoms enjoyed in post-Communist Europe.

It was written in for the th anniversary of the cathedral in Speyer, South Germany. The five central dance-like variations relate to the movements of the Mass—the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus—and they are flanked by an imposing introduction and coda.

Magnificaat, therefore, the effect has been achieved by gradual reduction and increase of registration. The extraordinary acoustic of the building seems to take care of the rest.


Emmanuel Music – Pärt Magnificat – Program Notes

It is dedicated to the composer Gottfried von Einem. Doch wahr ist sie nur im allgemeinen, mega-kommerziellen Sinn. Das Agnus Dei in der Berliner Messe zum Beispiel besitzt abwechselnde Vokallinien, die auf dem Papier trostlos, beim Spiel jedoch sinnlich und nachgiebig wirken. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

Don’t show me this message again. Originally issued on CDA In my dark hours, I have the certain feeling that everything outside this one thing has no meaning … Here I am alone with silence.

Arvo Pärt: Seven Magnificat-Antiphons

I have discovered that it is enough when a single note is beautifully played. This one note, or a moment of silence comforts me.

I work with very few elements—with one voice, with two voices. I build with the most primitive materials—with the triad, with one specific tonality. The three notes of a triad are like bells.