Adam's Lament (Pärt)

Adam's Lament (Russian: Адамов плач Adamov plach) is a 2009 choral composition in Church Slavonic by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt on a text by Silouan of Athos (Силуан Афонский).[2] The work is scored for choir and orchestra, and is a setting of the words of Saint Silouan.[3] Pärt has been reported to say that the fallen Adam of the work represents "humankind in its entirety and each individual person alike".[4]

Adam's Lament
by Arvo Pärt
Textby Silouan of Athos
LanguageChurch Slavonic[1]
Composed2009 (2009)
ScoringSATB choir and orchestra


The poem by Silouan begins:

"Адам, отец вселенной, в Раю знал сладость любвьи Божией,
И потому, когда был изгнан из Рая за грех и лишился любвьи Божией,
Горько страдал и с великим стоном рыдал на всю пустыню."
"Adam, otets vselennoy, v rayu znal sladost' lyubvi Bozhiyey, i potomu, kogda byl izgnan iz raya za grekh i lishilsya lyubvi Bozhiyey, gor'ko stradal i s velikim stonom rydal na vsyu pustynyu."[5]
"Adam, father of all mankind, in paradise knew the sweetness of the love of God ; and so when for his sin he was driven forth from the garden of Eden, and was widowed of the love of God, he suffered grievously and lamented with a mighty moan. And the whole desert rang with his lamentations." (Translated by Rosemary Edmonds.)[6]


  1. ^ At Heart of Arvo Pärt’s Works, Eastern Orthodox Christianity. The New York Times, 16 May 2014.
  2. ^ Cunningham, Harriet (8 April 2013). "Simple merges with complex in right hands". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  3. ^ Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim (26 October 2012). "Arvo Pärt: "Adam's Lament" and other Choral Works". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  4. ^ Fiona Maddocks (28 October 2012). "Arvo Pärt: Adam's Lament – review". The Observer. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Силуан Афонский. Адамов плач - Зачатьевский ставропигиальный женский монастырь". Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Adam's Lament" (PDF). Retrieved 27 November 2016.