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The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Pärt
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    The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Pärt
    • Online ISBN: 9780511842566
    • Book DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CCOL9781107009899
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Arvo Pärt is one of the most influential and widely performed contemporary composers. Around 1976 he developed an innovative new compositional technique called 'tintinnabuli' (Latin for 'sounding bells'), which has had an extraordinary degree of success. It is frequently performed around the world, has been used in award-winning films, and pieces such as Für Alina and Spiegel im Siegel have become standard repertoire. This collection of essays, written by a distinguished international group of scholars and performers, is the essential guide to Arvo Pärt and his music. The book begins with a general introduction to Pärt's life and works, covering important biographical details and outlining his most significant compositions. Two chapters analyze the tintinnabuli style and are complemented by essays which discuss Pärt's creative process. The book also examines the spiritual aspect of Pärt's music and contextualizes him in the cultural milieu of the twenty-first century and in the marketplace.

Reviews

‘A persuasive act of stimulation and provocation.’

Source: Classical Music

'… substantial, with thoughtful and unobvious editorial decisions behind the book's make-up.'

Source: The Wire

'Packed with valuable scholarship, The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Pärt undoubtedly has a leading role to play in the future … the diversity of contributor backgrounds and the plurality of critical perspectives on offer only increase the importance of this welcome new volume.'

Source: Music and Letters

'… furnishes a fascinating portrait of the composer as a 'cosmopolitan persona of global renown' …'

Scott Ordway Source: MAKE Literary Magazine

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