Saturday, October 16, 2010

One of the most important composers of our time.

This is an article from today's New York Times on the composer Arvo Part. In the midst of the world's hustle and bustle, the simplicity of his music can be arresting. As a singer, I am most familiar with his choral works, as I have had the chance to perform several of them over the years. However, I know he is an equally gifted instrumental composer.
In the context of our class conversations, he seems like a composer who who is completely unconcerned with whether his music is considered 'highbrow' or 'lowbrow'. He simply writes for the universal human spirit, which has no class or economic divisions. I did find it interesting though that he is now writing mostly for commissions, which ends up being only for those people or groups that can afford it....

2 comments:

ericakyree said...

Arvo Part fascinates me, too! I gave a presentation on his tintinnabulation theory as an undergrad. I've only heard his choral works, though. Where can I find recordings of his instrumental pieces?

Kyle Siddons said...

Let me leave you with these two links:

A home-page for Arvo Part:
http://www.arvopart.info/index.html

And a list of recordings available:
http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/Name/Arvo-Pärt/Composer/9788-1

ENJOY! ~Kyle