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Composed by Arvo Part (1935-). Marian antiphons. Premiere: Dom Essen / Germany by Jurgen Kursawa, Org. Choral part(s). With Standard notation. Composed 2001/2002. Universal Edition #UE31988. Published by Universal Edition (PR.UE031988).
Item Number: PR.UE031988
Like the Littlemore Tractus, Part's setting of the Salve Regina has an extended hymn-like feel to it. Typically, it builds very gradually to a late, majestic climax - unison vocal lines at the outset, broader harmonies later, some intriguing eccentricities in the organ part along the way. It was the wish of Huber Luther, Bishup of Essen Cathedral, that this particular text be set in honour of the building's priceless golden Madonna. The premiere was in May 2002, to mark both the Bishop's seventy-fifth birthday and Essen's own 1150th anniversary. (Meurig Bowen).