Sunday, April 29, 2012

Arvo Part: Look him up, fascinating music.

Arvo Part: Look him up, fascinating music.

I find Part to be one of my best sources of creative inspiration - it evokes imagery!

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (born 1935) is the founder of the style known as holy minimalism, which employs the harmonic simplicity of American minimalism in the service of devout spirituality. In the 1970s, Pärt developed his distinctive sound using a technique he called tintinnabulation, which combines the bell-like clarity of triads with step-wise melodic movement. The majority of his music has religious themes even though it is primarily intended for concert rather than liturgical performance. His best-known works include the instrumental pieces Fratres, Spiegel im Spiegel, and Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, and the choral works Summa, Magnificat, De Profundis, and Passio. ~ Stephen Eddins

Following is a video with a performance of Spiegel im Spiegel - Prepare or introspection.
Anne Akiko Meyers performs Arvo Part's beautifully meditative 'Spiegel im Spiegel' or Mirror in Mirror. Reiko Uchida, piano. Performed to a sold out house in New York City in 2011.

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