Arvo Pärt (b1935): Veni, Creator

Arvo Pärt Captioned SmallVeni, Creator Spiritus attributed to Rabanus Maurus (776-856) is one of the Church’s most famous hymns. As well as at Vespers it’s used at any ceremony at which the Holy Spirit is invoked such as Confirmation, Pentecost, and ordination. Pärt’s setting of the first and fourth verses of the hymn was first performed in Fulda Cathedral in September 2006 1 and evokes the "mood of stillness" typical of many of Pärt’s choral compositions. Enjoy :-)


Arvo Pärt (b1935): Veni, Creator

Veni creator Spiritus,
mentes tuorum visita,
imple superna gratia
quae tu creasti pectora.

Accende lumen sensibus:
infunde amorem cordibus:
infirma nostri corporis
virtute firmans perpeti. Amen.

Come, creator spirit,
visit the hearts of your people.
Fill with supernal grace
the hearts you have made.

Kindle light in our senses,
pour love into our hearts,
strengthen our weak bodies
with abiding courage. Amen.

Performers: Theatre of voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen, directed by Paul Hillier

  1. Rabanus Maurus is closely associated with Fulda – mfi

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