In 2003 Arvo Pärt was awarded an honorary doctorate by Durham University in England. A few years later, in 2007, he composed Morning Star, an a cappella piece for mixed choir to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Durham University.
Morning Star is based on the prayer inscribed above the tomb monument of St. Bede in the Durham Cathedral. St. Bede was a Benedictine monk and scholar from the 7th and 8th centuries who wrote Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum, one of the most important works on the history of the church in England. The remains of the saint found their resting place in Durham in 1022. The current tomb monument was completed in the 19th century, but in 1970, one of St. Bede’s prayer texts was inscribed in stone, both in Eng…
Jeremy Dibble (conductor), Durham University Choir
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