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Arvo Pärt


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Paide, Järva County, Estonia

Arvo Pärt is an Estonian composer, often identified with the school of minimalism, though he rejects this label (and, even more vehemently, the label of “holy minimalism”, which he describes as meaningless).

Arvo Pärt was born on 11th September 1935 in Paide, Järva County, Estonia. His musical studies began in 1954 at the Tallinn Music Secondary School, interrupted less than a year later while he fulfilled his National Service obligation as oboist and side-drummer in an army band. He returned to Middle School for a year before joining the Tallinn Conservatory in 1957, where his composition teacher was Professor Heino Eller. Pärt started work as a recording engineer with Estonian Radio, wrote music for the stage and received numerous commissions for film scores so that, by the time he graduated from the Conservatory in 1963, he could already be considered a professional composer. A year before leaving, he won first prize in the All-Union Young Composers’ Competition for a children’s cantata, Our Garden, and an oratorio, Stride of the World.

Today Arvo Pärt is best known for his choral works, which he started to produce in the 1980s, after his emigration from the former Soviet Union to Germany, Berlin. Before that he had written his most recognised works from the 1970s, Fratres, Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten, and Tabula Rasa. In 1978 Pärt composed Spiegel im Spiegel (Mirror in Mirror).

Pärt’s oeuvre is generally divided into two periods. His early works ranged from rather severe neo-classical styles influenced by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Bartók.


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  • archon_sound

    log o f f

    20 Jul 1:38am Reply
  • redrosiesugar

    p.s. - Here's another. His other one involving Marionettes is almost too beautiful to bear.

    25 Jun 3:49pm Reply
  • redrosiesugar

    Pollinating? Well, thank-you and I do hope you adored that song, dear friend.

    25 Jun 3:42pm Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    Congratulations for polluating this shoutbox.

    25 Jun 3:22pm Reply
  • redrosiesugar

    p.s. - Vous êtes pas brutale!

    25 Jun 12:34pm Reply
  • redrosiesugar

    Saying that I harbor autism is immature and an insult to those who actually have it, who'd surely be prudent enough to never waste their time communicating with boring, pseudo-intellectual iBorgs such as thee.

    25 Jun 12:18pm Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    Autism. [2]

    25 Jun 10:51am Reply
  • redrosiesugar

    @sag - It's too bad holy magic really can last forever, eh? Earth's endless lament. As for my initial comment, it was a dead meme placed in pale retribution for another user's abuse of my most cherished composer, eternally seated upon her own shoutbox, disgracing the whole cosmos. I found it rude, in reflection... how I couldn't more readily fathom a grander move.

    24 Jun 6:32pm Reply
  • redrosiesugar

    Sure, it's autism, while stating 'JB can gobble a cock' is a code of behavior that's so wildly superior it circled the whole of humanity's psyche & ended up assuming Uranus.

    24 Jun 5:52pm Reply
  • Suikasaiga

    it's autism...

    18 Jun 10:24pm Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    @redrosiesugar You're not being a 'rude shitbag'. You're just being ironically closed-minded. If Holy minimalism were so hermetic, it wouldn't get so much fame.

    18 Jun 5:41am Reply
  • mattspurplepen

    Please check out the piano CD i recorded called "mountain songs" and share it if you like it, thanks! :

    17 Jun 2:37am Reply
  • Burgesso

    Justin Bieber's favorite composer. [2]

    16 Jun 10:22pm Reply
  • redrosiesugar

    I guess that was a bit rude of me to say, not knowing you at all. Here's a marvelous song I've just discovered to help you feel better ----> <---- Apologies for being such a rude shitbag.

    13 Jun 5:08pm Reply
  • redrosiesugar

    Oui, as well as an assessment for thee, O puzzled one.

    13 Jun 3:13pm Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    vv self-assessment?

    13 Jun 2:39pm Reply
  • redrosiesugar

    Big fan here [2]

    13 Jun 2:09pm Reply
  • redrosiesugar

    Not all people are deserved to listen and understand this great music. It needs capacity of mind and soul and most people don't have that capability and ability. This music is NOT for stupid close-minded people!

    13 Jun 2:03pm Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    I'm sure he can.

    12 Jun 1:14pm Reply
  • Suikasaiga

    Justin Bieber can gobble a cock

    3 Jun 3:50pm Reply
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