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Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) has gained prominence as one of the most gifted choral composers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. A devout Orthodox Christian, Pärt left his native Estonia in 1981 for Germany, where he could write more freely in his chosen religious vein. His later works display a fascination with the polyphonic forms of early music and with ideas drawn from Gregorian chant. Bogoróditsye Dyévo was commissioned in 1990 by King's College Choir, Cambridge.

Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) has gained prominence as one of the most gifted choral composers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. A devout Orthodox Christian, Pärt left his native Estonia in 1981 for Germany, where he could write more freely in his chosen religious vein. His later works display a fascination with the polyphonic forms of early music and with ideas drawn from Gregorian chant. Bogoróditsye Dyévo was commissioned in 1990 by King's College Choir, Cambridge.