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Arvo Pärt

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The music of the Estonian-born composer Arvo Pärt is a unique and powerful voice in the contemporary world. Using a tonal idiom based on a mixture of scales and triads, Pärt created a style that he calls `tintinnabuli'. Listening to it, one is reminded of the passionate and tranquility of some Russian icon, or of certain memorable scenes in the films of Andrei Tarkovsky. I ...more
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Published June 1st 1997 by OUP Oxford (first published January 1st 1997)
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Christopher
Jul 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
Arvo Part has become one of the most widely recognized contemporary composers, mainly due to his accessible "tintinnabuli" style of minimalism, and this entry in the Oxford Studies of Composers series is the first major English-language treatment of his career. The author, Paul Hillier, a recognized specialist in early music, performer in the Hilliard Ensemble, and artistic director of the Theatre of Voices, has often performed Part's music.

This study contains no real biography, but
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D Schmüdde
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music
Paul Hillier found a balance of breadth and brevity that does Pärt's work justice. He manages to examine most of Pärt's output up to the 1990s, making informed observations and staying on point.

If you're reading the book and happen to be on Spotify, I made a playlist that contains almost every piece that Hillier references in this book. I found it to be really useful as I read about each piece of music: https://open.spotify.com/user/dschmud...

Avi
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of our greats from the Baltics.
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