Arvo Pärt

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Born: Sep 11, 1935; Estonia   Period: 20th Century
Arvo Pärt is one of the most important living composers of concert music. His first works, dating from the 1950s, showed the influence of Prokofiev and Shostakovich, as heard in his two Sonatinas for piano (1958). But as his musical studies under Heino Eller continued, he was drawn toward serial techniques and turned out a number of works in the 1960s in this vein. His First Symphony (1961), for instance, displays this method and is dedicated to Read more Eller. By the end of that decade, Pärt had become disenchanted by the 12-tone technique and began writing music in varying styles. In 1976, however, Pärt started composing in what he called his tintinnabulation (or tintinnabuli) method, which involves the constant presence throughout the work of a lone unchanging triad. This new style resulted in music so radically different from that which had preceded it, that many observed that it seemed to have come from a different hand altogether.
Unlike most composers of major rank, Pärt did not show remarkable talent in his childhood or even in his early adolescence. His first serious study came in 1954 at the Tallinn Music Middle School, but less than a year later he temporarily abandoned it to fulfill military service, playing oboe and percussion in the army band.
In 1957, Pärt enrolled at the Tallinn Conservatory where he studied under Eller. He graduated in 1963, having worked throughout his student years and afterward as a recording engineer for Estonian Radio. He wrote several film scores and other works during this period, among them his two Sonatinas for piano, from 1958, and Nekrolog, a serial work for orchestra, from 1960. He also wrote a number of choral pieces at this time, among which was the ethereal a cappella effort, Solfeggio (1964). Pärt continued to compose music mainly in the serial vein throughout the 1960s, but received little recognition, since that method of composition was generally anathema throughout the Soviet Union. In the late 1960s and early 1970s Pärt studied the music of Renaissance era composers, particularly that of Machaut, Josquin Desprez, and Obrecht. His Symphony No. 3 reflected these influences in its austere, Medieval sound world.
By the mid-1970s, Pärt was working on an altogether new style of composition. In 1976 he unveiled this method, the aforementioned tintinnabulation, with the piano work, Für Alina. A trio of more popular works followed in 1977, Fratres, for string quintet and wind quintet (later given additional arrangements by the composer), Cantus In Memoriam Benjamin Britten (revised 1980) and Tabula Rasa, for two violins, prepared piano, and string orchestra. Owing to the continued political oppression he found in Estonia, Pärt and his wife and two sons emigrated to the West in 1980, settling first in Vienna, then in West Berlin.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Pärt, a devout member of the Eastern Orthodox Church, wrote a number of large-scale choral religious works, including the St. John Passion (1982), Magnificat (1989), The Beatitudes (1990), and Litany (1994). He has declared a preference for vocal music in his later years, and continues, like the English composer John Tavener, also an adherent of the Eastern Orthodox religion, to write much religious music.
In 1995, Pärt was recognized for his many artistic achievements by being elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He remains among the most popular serious composers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Read less
Arvo Part: Fur Anna Maria - Complete Piano Music
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 95053   Number of Discs: 2
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Britten: Young Person's Guide, Etc;  Pärt: Cantus / Järvi
Release Date: 09/23/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 420   Number of Discs: 1
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Baltic Organ Music - Pärt, Ciurlionis, Et Al / Ericsson
Release Date: 10/12/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 561   Number of Discs: 1
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Pärt: Symphonies 1-3, Etc / Järvi, Bamberg So
Release Date: 09/05/1992   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 434   Number of Discs: 1
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Pärt: Summa / Kantorow, Tapiola Sinfonietta
Release Date: 02/18/1997   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 834   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    Bach & Contemporary Music
    Label: Tyx Art   Catalog: 13036 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sofia Gubaidulina,  Arvo Pärt,  Xiaoyong Chen  ... 
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    Sonic Philosophy: Colour And Affect
    Label: Orchid Classics   Catalog: 100038 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Anne Akiko Meyers
    Label: eOne   Catalog: 7790 Release Date: 02/04/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers
    Conductor:  David Lockington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 29.
    The Merton Collection - Merton College At 750
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34134 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Sheppard,  Arvo Pärt,  William Byrd,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
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    Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Part: Konzert Fur Chor
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900505 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke,  Arvo Pärt
    Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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    Credo / Helene Grimaud [Blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001935346 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Corigliano,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Hélène Grimaud
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Chorus
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    Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 425 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Emily Barker,  John Martyn,  Kenny Rankin,  Robert Palmer  ... 
    Performer:  Emily Barker,  Claire Martin,  Carol Kidd,  Martin Taylor  ... 
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    War & Peace - Music For Remembrance / Williams, Choir Of Jesus Christ College Cambridge
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 328 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Wood,  Arvo Pärt,  James MacMillan,  Mark Blatchly  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Morris,  Rebecca Crawshaw,  Robert Dixon,  Edward Leach  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Williams
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    A Tale Of Two Cellos / Julian And Jiaxin Lloyd Webber
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573251 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Astor Piazzolla,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
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    Bacharcades / Katschner, Calmus Ensemble, Lautten Compagney
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83381 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Arvo Pärt,  Guillaume Dufay,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lautten Compagney,  Calmus Ensemble
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    Adagio - A Consideration Of A Serious Matter / Ensemble Caprice
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29848 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Dismas Zelenka,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Samuel Barber,  Matthias Maute  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice
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    Christmas! Noel! Weihnachten! / RIAS Kammerchor
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902170 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Uwe Gronostay,  Johannes Eccard,  Max Bruch  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans-Christoph Rademann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
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    Pieces Of The World / Marta Bagratuni
    Label: Blue Griffin   Catalog: 295 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Barrière,  Franz Schubert,  Gioachino Rossini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
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  • 39.
    Arvo Part
    Label: Scribe Records (Classical)   Catalog: 5638189024 Release Date: 10/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Conductor:  Markdavin Obenza
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Byrd Ensemble
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  • 40.
    The Violin / Nicola Benedetti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001912002 Release Date: 09/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Johannes Brahms,  Arvo Pärt  ... 
    Performer:  Nicola Benedetti,  Thomas Carroll,  Tamás András,  Ksenija Sidorova  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 41.
    De Profundis: Sacred Repertoire For Male Choir
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2053 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cyrillus Kreek,  René Eespere,  Andres Lemba,  Johan August Söderman  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orphei Drängar
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  • 42.
    Mirror Reflections
    Label: Cube Bohemia   Catalog: 21249 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt,  György Ligeti,  Paul Hindemith,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Katerina Englichova,  Petr Nouzovsky
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  • 43.
    Selected Signs III-VIII
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001892302 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Heiner Goebbels,  Steve Reich,  Arvo Pärt,  György Kurtág  ... 
    Performer:  Arto Lindsay,  Charles Hayward,  Ernst Stötzner,  Gidon Kremer  ... 
    Conductor:  Saulius Sondeckis,  Paul Goodwin,  Dennis Russell Davies,  Alexandros Myrat
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Steve Reich and Musicians,  Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra,  Rosamunde String Quartet  ... 
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  • 44.
    Cantus / Kuniko
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 432 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt,  Hywel Davies,  Steve Reich
    Performer:  Kuniko Kato
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  • 45.
    Hymn to the Virgin / Schola Cantorum [Blu-ray Audio+Hybrid SACD]
    Label: Two-l   Catalog: 95 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Francis Poulenc,  Maurice Duruflé,  Eric Whitacre  ... 
    Conductor:  Tone Bianca Dahl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Cantorum
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  • 46.
    Into The Night - Contemporary Choral Music / Childs, Vox Humana
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572511 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eric Whitacre,  Stephen Paulus,  David Childs,  Arvo Pärt  ... 
    Conductor:  David Childs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Humana Chorus
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  • 47.
    The Seasons / Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2072 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert,  Henri Tomasi,  Darius Milhaud,  Charles Koechlin  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Wittman,  Walter Seyfarth,  Fergus McWilliam,  Henning Trog  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet
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  • 48.
    Poeme Mystique - Bloch, Part / Elsa Grether, Ferenc Vizi
    Label: Fuga Libera   Catalog: 711 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Bloch,  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Elsa Grether,  Ferenc Vizi
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  • 49.
    Spheres / Daniel Hope
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001799902 Release Date: 03/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Paul von Westhoff,  Ludovico Einaudi,  Philip Glass,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Hope,  Jacques Ammon,  Chie Peters,  Juan Lucas Aisemberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Halsey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus members,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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    Minimal Harp / Floraleda Sacchi
    Label: Amadeus Arte   Catalog: 4763172 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lou Harrison,  John Cage,  Henry Cowell,  Philip Glass  ... 
    Performer:  Floraleda Sacchi
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Arvo Pärt


WORKS
Pärt: Tabula rasa - 1. Ludus: Con moto
Pärt: Tabula rasa - 2. Silentium: Senza moto
First Movement
Second Movement
Third Movement