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Which Was the Son of...ST Luke

By Arvo Part

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Composed by Arvo Part (1935-). Bible, St Luke 3, 23-38. World Premiere: in Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral Reykjavik / Iceland by the Voices of Europe 2000 conducted by Thorgerdur Ingolfsdottir. With Standard notation. Duration 7 minutes. Universal Edition #UE031507. Published by Universal Edition (PR.UE031507).

Item Number: PR.UE031507

ISBN 978-3-7024-1618-8. With Standard notation.

"In which Was the Son of... for mixed a cappella-choir Arvo Part uses the Genealogy of Jesus in accordance with the Gospel of Luke. (St Luke 3, 23 -28). While the Magnificat from Luke Chapter I - the Song of Mary - and the Nunc dimittis from Luke Chapter 2 - the Song of Simeon - are obviously set-able texts for a composer, the same cannot necessarily be said of Luke's Genealogy of Jesus in the following chapter. To some composers indeed, this long Iist of names might seem no more enticing to set than the proverbial telephone directory. For Part, however, it was more than just a technical challenge or the possibility of ritual-like musical repetition. The attraction to this text (in its 'traditional and authoritative' translation, according to Part) came bound up with the nature of the commission itself- the singers the piece was for and the country it was premiered in." (Meurig Bowen).

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