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Berliner Messe
composer
1990; commissioned by the 90th Deutsche Katholikentage in Berlin; originally for four solo voices and organ; also for choir and organ or choir and strings
author of text
Ordinary of the Mass plus additional liturgical texts

Recordings
'Pärt: Berliner Messe & Magnificat' (CDH55408)
Pärt: Berliner Messe & Magnificat
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Details
Movement 1: Kyrie
Movement 2: Gloria
Movement 3: Erster Alleluiavers
Movement 4: Zweiter Alleluiavers
Movement 5: Veni, Sancte Spiritus
Movement 6: Credo
Movement 7: Sanctus
Movement 8: Agnus Dei

Berliner Messe
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Commissioned by the 90th Deutsche Katholikentage in Berlin, 1990. The original version was for four solo voices and organ, but subsequent versions exist for choir and organ—as here—and choir and strings. The Credo is particularly interesting in that it is virtually a re-incarnation of the earlier Summa—but this time in a major key. Summa was written at a time when profession of faith was outlawed in Estonia; hence Pärt’s diversionary title for a setting of the Creed. The switch from minor to major clearly celebrates the greater freedoms enjoyed in post-Communist Europe.

from notes by Meurig Bowen © 1998

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