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

Work: Da pacem Domine

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  • 1.
    In War & Peace - Harmony Through Music / DiDonata, Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 567656 Release Date: 04/06/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonardo Leo,  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell,  Niccolò Jommelli  ... 
    Performer:  Joyce DiDonato,  Maxim Emelyanychev,  Magdalena Karolak,  Anna Fusek
    Conductor:  Maxim Emelyanychev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Pomo D’oro
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    In War & Peace - Harmony Through Music / DiDonata, Emelyanychev, Il Pomo d'Oro [Blu-ray]
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 567656 Release Date: 04/06/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonardo Leo,  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell,  Niccolò Jommelli  ... 
    Performer:  Joyce DiDonato,  Maxim Emelyanychev,  Magdalena Karolak,  Anna Fusek
    Conductor:  Maxim Emelyanychev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Pomo D’oro
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    Luther Collage / Calmus Ensemble
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83478 Release Date: 03/03/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Martin Luther,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer,  Johann Hermann Schein  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Böhme
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calmus Ensemble
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    Hole in the Sky / Jordan, Westminster Williamson Voices
    Label: Gia Choral Works   Catalog: 995 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ola Gjeilo,  Eric Whitacre,  Thomas Lavoy,  Stephen Paulus  ... 
    Performer:  Corey Everly,  Nick Masterson,  Peter Carter,  Moira Susan Gannon  ... 
    Conductor:  James Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Williamson Voices
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    Part: Da pacem Domine / Klava, Latvian Radio Choir
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1286 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian Radio Choir
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    Part: The Deer's Cry / Tulve, Vox Clamantis
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 002538202 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Toomas Vavilov,  Johanna Vahermägi,  Heikko Remmel,  Susanne Doll  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaan-Eik Tulve
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Clamantis
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  • 7.
    Eagles & Seven Tears / Bruggen, Bassano Quartet
    Label: Aliud   Catalog: 87 Release Date: 03/04/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Henry Purcell,  John Dowland,  John Taverner  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bassano Quartet
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  • 8.
    Paul Hillier Conducts Arvo Part: Choral & Instrumental Music
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908730 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent,  Kaia Urb,  Tiit Kogermann,  Aarne Talvik  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Hillier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Voices,  Ars Nova Copenhagen,  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
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    Arvo Part: Musica Selecta - A Sequence By Manfred Eicher
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 002382502 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Vladimir Mendelssohn,  Alexander Malter,  Keith Jarrett  ... 
    Conductor:  Tönu Kaljuste,  Saulius Sondeckis,  Dennis Russell Davies,  Andrey Boreyko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Clamantis,  Hilliard Ensemble
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    Beyond the Eastern Wind / Deltchev, Collegium Vocale
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 750 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henryk Mikolaj Górecki,  Arvo Pärt,  Alfred Schnittke,  Peteris Vasks  ... 
    Performer:  Louise Boll
    Conductor:  Michael Deltchev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
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  • 11.
    Arvo Part / Layton, Polyphony
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68056 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polyphony (Vocal Ensemble)
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  • 12.
    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  ... 
    Conductor:  Matthias Maute
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Caprice
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    Pro Pacem - Textes, Art & Musiques pour la Paix / Savall, Figueras, Hesperion XXI
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9894 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gilles Binchois,  Anonymous,  Jordi Savall,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Figueras
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Capella Reial de Catalunya,  Hespèrion XXI
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  • 14.
    Sounds & Silence: Travels With Manfred Eicher (CD)
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001593302 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gurdjieff,  Arvo Pärt,  Rolf Lislevand,  Nik Bartsch  ... 
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett,  Tallinn Chamber Orchestra,  Tönu Kaljuste,  Rolf Lislevand  ... 
    Conductor:  Tönu Kaljuste,  Savino Acquaviva,  Alexander Myrat
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallinn Chamber Orchestra,  Filarmonica Mousike Orchestra,  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir  ... 
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    Pärt: In Principio / Kaljuste,  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001259902 Release Date: 03/03/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Conductor:  Tönu Kaljuste
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallinn Chamber Orchestra,  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir,  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
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    Pärt: Da Pacem / Hillier, Bowers-broadbent, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907401 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent,  Kaia Urb,  Tiit Kogermann,  Aarne Talvik
    Conductor:  Paul Hillier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
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    Pärt: Lamentate / Lubimov, Hilliard Ensemble, Et Al
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 000505602 Release Date: 08/30/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Alexei Lubimov
    Conductor:  Andrey Boreyko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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