In an interview in Toronto in the 1980’s Pärt shared his personal definition of minimalism as the process by which his music is reduced to the number One. In his view, that One is the Divine Creator. In Adam’s Lament (2009) he sees the Biblical Adam as a unifying symbol. Pärt said, “Our ancestor Adam foresaw the human tragedy that was to come and experienced it as his own guilty responsibility, the result of his sinful act. He suffered all the cataclysms of humanity into the depths of depression, inconsolable in his agony.” Adam’s Lament is based on a Russian text by the ascetic monk and poet, St. Silouan of Athos (1866–1938). Pärt’s fascination with Silouan is such that his setting of this text is faithful to its every nuance. The music reflects a range of devotional writing that’s by turns dramatic, passionate, humble and submissive. This work was premiered at 'The Music of Arvo Part' concert presented by Soundstreams on October 1, 2013 at Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada and performed by Choir 21, Virtuoso String Orchestra and Tonu Kaljuste (conductor). Learn more about the Soundstreams commission catalogue in our SoundMakers website: www.SoundMakers.ca/soundstreams-commissions+ More details
Riho Maimets is a celebrated young Canadian-Estonian composer who has created a deeply-felt choral composition honouring a special person in his life. He says, "The fact that it will be performed in one of Toronto's best concert halls, by one of Canada's best choirs, and conducted by Estonia's most legendary choral conductor makes this an ideal opportunity to pay tribute to this person." This work was premiered at 'The Music of Arvo Part' concert presented by Soundstreams on October 1, 2013 at Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada and performed by Choir 21, Virtuoso String Orchestra and Tonu Kaljuste (conductor). Learn more about Riho Esko Maimets' work in our SoundMakers website: www.SoundMakers.ca/composers/riho-maimets+ More details
The life-affirming poet Walt Whitman is a favourite source of texts for James Rolfe. He says that, “I respond very keenly to Whitman’s personal vision, a fusion of the spiritual and the physical, and his strongly rhythmic language, written with the cadences of the King James Bible in his ear.” This work was premiered at 'The Music of Arvo Part' concert presented by Soundstreams on October 1, 2013 at Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada and performed by Shannon Mercer (soprano), Geoffrey Sirett (baritone), Choir 21, Virtuoso String Orchestra and Tonu Kaljuste (conductor). Learn more about James Rolfe's work in our SoundMakers website: www.SoundMakers.ca/composers/james-rolfe+ More details
"The poem by W. B. Yeats was quoted by Banuta Rubess as a postscript to her libretto for my opera 'Oh Pilot'. Yeats’ powerfully concise reflection on life, death and love combines humour and melancholy in equal portions.Its equation of love, destiny and oblivion is essentially mystical. A poem or composition for choir are, of course, examples of the works which Yeats mentions in the poem’s first line. Accordingly, I have created a piece of music that turns back on itself, unwinds into loose thread and evaporates into nothingness." Nic Gotham (1999) Performed by: Calixa Lavallée Singers Latvian Radio Choir Kaspar Putnins, conductor 'The Fool by the Roadside' by William Butler Yeates When all works that have From cradle run to grave From grave to cradle run instead; When thoughts that a fool Has wound upon a spool Are but loose thread, are but loose thread; When cradle and spool are past And I mere shade at last Coagulate of stuff Transparent like the wind, I think that I may find A faithful love, a faithful love.+ More details
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