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Es sang var langen Jahern

Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)

Danish String Quartet (photo credit: Caroline Bittencourt)

Danish String Quartet (photo credit: Caroline Bittencourt)

Composer
Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)
Composition Year
1984
Artists
Adam Newman [viola], Bartosz Woroch [violin], Esther Brazil [mezzo]

Programme Note Writer:
© Francis Humphrys

In 1984 the musicologist and composer Diether de la Motte invited ten composers to set this poem by Clemens Brentano. Es sang vor langen Jahern was the Pärt’s first foray into setting a German poet, albeit a German who was one of the high priests of Teutonic romanticism. Brentano was joint editor with Achim von Arnim of the collection of German folk poetry known as Des Knaben Wunderhorn, which, as every schoolboy ought to know, inspired such magnificent responses from Gustav Mahler. Some of the Wunderhorn atmosphere pervades Es sang, whose vocal line is at once wistful and consolatory, recalling now a folk song, now a religious incantation, now a children’s tune, now a troubadour’s melody. The two strings provide a kind of running commentary, which is developed more fully in the central instrumental interlude after the third verse and the concluding postlude that vanishes into silence.

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Es sang var langen Jahern

Composer: Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)
Performance date: Saturday 3rd July 2010
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)
Work Title Es sang var langen Jahern
Composition Year 1984
Language German
Artist(s) Adam Newman [viola], Bartosz Woroch [violin], Esther Brazil [mezzo]
Performance Date Saturday 3rd July 2010
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Coffee Concert
Duration 00:09:16
Recording Engineer Anton Timoney, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Trio
Instrumentation Mez-solo, vn, va
Programme Note Writer © Francis Humphrys

In 1984 the musicologist and composer Diether de la Motte invited ten composers to set this poem by Clemens Brentano. Es sang vor langen Jahern was the Pärt’s first foray into setting a German poet, albeit a German who was one of the high priests of Teutonic romanticism. Brentano was joint editor with Achim von Arnim of the collection of German folk poetry known as Des Knaben Wunderhorn, which, as every schoolboy ought to know, inspired such magnificent responses from Gustav Mahler. Some of the Wunderhorn atmosphere pervades Es sang, whose vocal line is at once wistful and consolatory, recalling now a folk song, now a religious incantation, now a children’s tune, now a troubadour’s melody. The two strings provide a kind of running commentary, which is developed more fully in the central instrumental interlude after the third verse and the concluding postlude that vanishes into silence.