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Da pacem Domine

By Arvo Part

Choral SATB choir or soloists (A Cappella)
Composed by Arvo Part (1935-). World Premiere: in St. Gerold / Austria by the Hilliard Ensemble. Sacred. Vocal score. With Standard notation. Composed 2004/2006. Duration 5 minutes. Universal Edition #UE032941. Published by Universal Edition (PR.UE032941).

Item Number: PR.UE032941

ISBN 978-3-7024-2932-4. Latin.

Arvo Part wrote the prayer of piece Da pacem Domine to fulfil a commission from Jordi Savall. He began to set this ninth-century Gregorian antiphon two days after the Madrid bombings on 11 March 2004 as his personal tribute to the victims. Since then Da pacem Domine has been performed every year in Spain to commemorate the victims of this terrorist attack. Even while originally composing this four-voice piece, Part made allowances for variable scorings. As a result, it exists in several versions, not only for voice but also entirely for instruments. (Wolfgang Sandner).

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  • 5

    Clive Lamdin
    Hamilton New Zealand
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • June 03, 2012 Da pacem Domine by Arvo Part

    At the time of writing we haven't had time to learn or perform this piece. However, I've heard a recording and it is an effective and beautiful composition with slowly evolving harmonies. The music (a cappella SATB) reveals itself as eminently singable by any reasonably competent choral group...

    , large or small. Obviously it will repay skilfull performance, but is more traditional, in vocal ranges and rhythms, than some of Part's works and is therefore easier. A good introduction to the works of this contemporary composer. Well worth investigation

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