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Track(s) taken from CDA68056

Tribute to Caesar

First line:
Then went the Pharisees
1997; SATB divisi unaccompanied; composed for the 350th anniversary celebrations of Karlstad Diocese, Sweden
author of text
Matthew 22: 15-22

Polyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor), Richard Bannan (bass)
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Recording details: August 2013
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: October 2014
Total duration: 6 minutes 16 seconds

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With the same steady, syllabic declamation as The woman with the alabaster box, Tribute to Caesar was written as a companion piece—also setting narrative from St Matthew’s Gospel—to mark the 350th anniversary of the Karlstad Diocese in Sweden. Of particular note is the way Pärt fractures the vocal line, picking out single notes for different voice parts to contribute to the broader texture; a kind of hocketing or pointillism that the composer makes his own.

from notes by Meurig Bowen © 2014

À l’instar de The woman with the alabaster box, dont il partage la déclamation régulière, syllabique, Tribute to Caesar fut écrit d’après un récit emprunté à l’évangile selon saint Matthieu pour le trois cent cinquantième anniversaire du diocèse de Karlstadt, en Suède. Notez la manière dont Pärt fracture la ligne vocale, choisissant des notes uniques pour différentes parties vocales afin d’amplifier la texture—une sorte de hoquet, de pointillisme qu’il s’approprie.

extrait des notes rédigées par Meurig Bowen © 2014
Français: Hypérion

Tribute to Caesar, wieder eine Vertonung einer Geschichte aus dem Matthäus-Evangelium, wurde mit der gleichen steten, syllabischen Deklamation wie The woman with the alabaster box als Pendant anläßlich des 350. Jahrestages der Diözese Karlstad (Schweden) geschrieben. Besonders beachtlich ist, wie Pärt die Gesangslinie aufbricht und einzelne Töne für verschiedene Gesangsstimmen auswählt, die zu einer volleren Textur beitragen sollen; eine Art von Hoquetus oder Pointillismus, die sich der Komponist ganz angeeignet hat.

aus dem Begleittext von Meurig Bowen © 2014
Deutsch: Christiane Frobenius

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