Trisagion for string orchestra (originally titled The Introductory Prayers) was composed for the congregation of the Orthodox Church of the Prophet Elijah in Ilomantsi, Finland for its 500th anniversary. It was premiered in the same church in July 1992 by the Ensemble XXI from Moscow, conducted by its founder and conductor Lygia O’Riordan. Pärt was resident composer during the summer session of Ensemble XXI, Creativity in Silence, and spent a week in Ilomantsi practicing with the orchestra and refining his composition.
Trisagion is inspired by the opening prayer of the Orthodox Divine Liturgy and means Thrice Holy in Greek. Although it is an is instrumental piece, the parameters of this text in Church Slavonic (number of syllables p…
Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Saulius Sondeckis (conductor) . CD Litany. ECM New Series 1592
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Ensemble XXI Moscow , Lygia O´Riordan (conductor)