Existing in various versions, choral and instrumental, Da pacem, Domine
, from 2004/2006, alternates rhythmically patterned, harmonically static writing with cadential figures of parallel chords. The first of these styles is closely related to Pärt’s 1976 organ work Pari intervallo
, and if you are familiar with the unwavering nature of this piece, the cadential digressions in Da pacem, Domine
are surprising, even unsettling. The conductor Paul Hillier nicely describes the deliberate poise of the Pari intervallo
-like parts of this piece when he writes that it has ‘a near harmonic stasis in which each pitch is carefully placed in position like stones in a Zen garden’.
from notes by Meurig Bowen © 2014