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
Style tintinnabuli
Occasion 90th Katholikentag in Berlin
Language Latin
Scoring SATB choir and organ
Date 24 May 1990 (1990-05-24)
Location St. 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 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]


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