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Arvo Pärt's White Light
Media, Culture, Politics

  • Editor: Laura Dolp, Montclair State University, New Jersey
Laura Dolp, Maria Cizmic, Robert Sholl, Sander van Maas, Kythe Heller, Michael Palmese, C. J. May, Andrew Shenton
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  • Date Published: August 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316633953


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  • One of the most frequently performed contemporary composers, Arvo Pärt has become a phenomenon whose unusual reach is felt well beyond the concert hall. This ground-breaking collection of essays investigates both the causes and the effects of this success. Beyond the rhetoric of 'holy minimalism' that has accompanied the composer's reception since the mid-1980s, each chapter takes a fresh approach toward understanding how Pärt's music has occupied social landscapes. The result is a dynamic conversation among filmgoers (who explore issues of empathy and resemblance), concertgoers (commerce and art), listeners (embodiment, healing and the role of technology), activists (legacies of resistance) and performers (performance practice). Collectively, these studies offer a bold and thoughtful engagement with Pärt as a major cultural figure and reflect on the unprecedented impact of his music.

    • Provides a wide range of in-depth perspectives on the reception and influence of one of the world's most popular contemporary composers
    • Accessible to a wide range of scholars across the humanities as well as to music specialists, with a minimum of technical musical analysis
    • Offers groundbreaking explorations of Pärt's impact on numerous areas of the cultural landscape, from film and performance to new media and politics
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    'This diverse collection of essays from a team of Pärt scholars, led by Laura Dolp, strongly advances the understanding of Pärt's music while filling gaps in current scholarship and grappling with the various, often erroneous, perceptions of the composer and his music.' Thomas Robinson, Notes

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316633953
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.458kg
    • contains: 27 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Laura Dolp
    2. Empathy and tintinnabuli music in film Maria Cizmic
    3. Pärt and the sound of one hand clapping Robert Sholl
    4. Pärt and the experience of the neutral Sander van Maas
    5. Ethos and the industry of culture Laura Dolp
    6. An ethnography of spirituality Kythe Heller
    7. Politics and protest Michael Palmese
    8. Sonic embodiment C. J. May
    9. Performing Pärt Andrew Shenton.

  • Editor

    Laura Dolp, Montclair State University, New Jersey
    Laura Dolp's interdisciplinary research explores the historical agency of music as a site of human transformation, including music and spirituality, the interrelation of music and social spaces, mapping and musical practices, and the poetics of the natural world. She is co-contributor to The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Pärt (Cambridge, 2012) and Artistic Citizenship: Artistry, Social Responsibility, and Ethical Praxis (2016). Her work also appears in altrelettere, 19th-Century Music, and the Journal of Musicological Research. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York.


    Laura Dolp, Maria Cizmic, Robert Sholl, Sander van Maas, Kythe Heller, Michael Palmese, C. J. May, Andrew Shenton

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