The children’s cantata Our Garden was created in 1959, when Arvo Pärt was still a composition student and worked as a piano accompanist at the theatre club of the Tallinn Palace of the Pioneers. He had already composed children’s songs and music for various children’s plays, however, had not yet written any vocal-symphonic works. Pärt combined these two genres in the cantata Our Garden. The work is dedicated to the choral conductor Heino Kaljuste and the children’s choir Ellerhein. It premiered on 25 December 1959 in the Estonia Concert Hall, performed by Ellerhein and the Estonian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Roman Matsov.
Our Garden is based on a text by Eno Raud, which talks about the work and doings of children in the school experimenta…
Roman Matsov (conductor), Children's Choir of Tallinn Pioneers' Palace , Estonian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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