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The Beatitudes
composer
1990/1; composed for the RIAS Chamber Choir, Berlin
author of text
Matthew 5: 3-12

Recordings
'Pärt: Berliner Messe & Magnificat' (CDH55408)
Pärt: Berliner Messe & Magnificat
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Track 9 on CDH55408 [7'01] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) August 2014 Release

The Beatitudes
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Completed in 1990 (and revised in 1991) for the RIAS Chamber Choir, this is Pärt’s first setting of an English text, and exhibits a consistent approach to each phrase’s metre—short notes flanked by longer ones. A series of upwards chromatic shifts, marked by bass pedal notes in the organ, raises the work’s tonal area to a climax on ‘Amen’ around C sharp minor, before a flurry of quintuplet broken chords in the organ rapidly hurls the music back down to its opening tonality of F minor.

from notes by Meurig Bowen © 1998

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