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Cantique Des Degres Chorla Sc

By Arvo Part

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Composed by Arvo Part (1935-). With Standard notation. Universal Edition #UE31466. Published by Universal Edition (PR.UE031466).

Item Number: PR.UE031466

Following an initiative by Princess Caroline of Monaco/Hannover to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the reign of his Highness Prince Rainier III of Monaco, Arvo Part was commissioned to compose a work for choir and orchestra. The finished work, Cantique des degres, received its premiere on 19 November 1999 during a special service in the Cathedral of Monte-Carlo in the presence of the royal family. It was performed by the Orchestre Philharmonique and the opera choir, both of Monte-Carlo, and conducted by Estonian conductor Tonu Kaljuste. Cantique des degres is based on Psalm 121 - Je leve mes yeux vers la montagne - and sung in Latin. Part's setting comprises eight sung verses of the psalm that lead to a final, hymn-like instrumental coda. The tonalities of the composition progress regularly, ascending stepwise from verse to verse; but despite this episodic character, the overall mood of the sequences remains consistent. In this way, the two contrasting basic elements of the piece - dynamic motion and balanced repose - are united creating a harmonious whole.

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