Berliner Messe

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Berliner Messe
Mass by Arvo Pärt
Berlin Hedwigskathedrale Orgel (1).jpg
The organ of St. Hedwig's Cathedral, where the mass was first performed
Occasion90th Katholikentag in Berlin
ScoringSATB choir and organ
Date24 May 1990 (1990-05-24)
LocationSt. Hedwig's Cathedral, Berlin

Berliner Messe (or Berlin Mass) is a mass setting by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Commissioned for the 90th Katholikentag in Berlin in 1990,[1] it was originally scored for SATB soloists and organ. It was first performed at St. Hedwig's Cathedral on 24 May 1990, the Feast of the Ascension,[2] with Paul Hillier conducting the Theatre of Voices.[1] Pärt later (1997) revised the piece for chorus and string orchestra. Pärt uses his tintinnabuli technique throughout, with movements taking many forms within that style—flowing from quietly reverent duets between parts to full chorus proclamations of faith.[3]


The work consists of five movements of the Mass ordinary and three movements intended for the celebration of Pentecost:

The fact that the mass was originally written for Pentecost is evidenced by the presence of the two Alleluias and the Veni Sancte Spiritus.[4] However, Pärt has also set two Alleluia verses to permit the work to be used at Christmas. All five of these movements are marked "ad lib." in the score.[1]


The Kyrie was featured in the film, Avengers: Age of Ultron.[12]


  1. ^ a b c Berliner Messe Universal Edition, accessed September 14, 2014
  2. ^ Ascension of Jesus 1990
  3. ^ Jeremy Grimshaw. "Berliner Messe, for SATB chorus or soloists & organ",, (accessed September 14, 2014) [1].
  4. ^ Paul Hillier. "Arvo Pärt", Grove Music Online, ed. L. Macy (accessed November 22, 2006), (subscription access).
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  12. ^ "The Avengers: Age of Ultron - Song Credits". Soundtrack.Net. Retrieved 1 May 2015.

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