Für Lennart in memoriam for string orchestra was composed in the beginning of 2006 at the request of Lennart Meri. The former President of Estonia had wished that music composed by Pärt would be played at his memorial service.
Arvo Pärt and Lennart Meri knew each other from their youth. In the 1960s they were colleagues at Estonian Radio, where Pärt worked in the music department and Meri in radio theatre. Later in life their paths crossed many times, albeit briefly. “I believe now we would be much more similar than at a younger age, certainly,” Pärt has said.
When starting to compose the piece, Pärt’s thoughts turned to the 6th ode of the a cappella choir piece Kanon pokajanen that became the core of the instrumental composition Für Lennart in …
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Tõnu Kaljuste (conductor). CD In Principio. ECM New Series 2050
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Tallinn Chamber Orchestra , Tõnu Kaljuste (conductor)
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