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The original version of Spe salvi for string quartet and gamelan was composed for the Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan. The transcription for flute, cello, percussions and sundanese gamelan was commissioned by Ensemble 0.
Spe salvi's melody is based upon the Gregorian chant « Victimæ paschali laudes » and the composition was inspired by pope Benedict XVI's encyclical letter « Spe salvi » (§47). It is dedicated to french theologian Arnaud Dumouch.