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The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Part


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Chronology; 1. Introduction: the essential and phenomenal Arvo Pärt Andrew Shenton; 2. A narrow path to the truth: Arvo Pärt and the 1960s and 1970s in Soviet Estonia Immo Mihkelson; 3. Arvo Pärt after 1980 Jeffers Engelhardt; 4. Musical archetypes: the basic elements of the tintinnabuli style Leopold Brauneiss; 5. Analyzing Pärt Thomas Robinson; 6. Arvo Pärt: in his own words Andrew Shenton; 7. Bells as inspiration for tintinnabulation Marguerite Bostonia; 8. Arvo Pärt and spirituality Robert Sholl; 9. The minimalism of Arvo Pärt: an 'antidote' to modernism and multiplicity? Benjamin Skipp; 10. Arvo Pärt in the marketplace Laura Dolp; Appendices: A. Radiating from silence: the works of Arvo Pärt seen through a musician's eyes Andreas Peer Kähler; B. Greatly sensitive: Alfred Schnittke in Tallinn Arvo Pärt; C. Remembering Heino Eller Arvo Pärt; D. Acceptance speech for the International Bridge Prize of the city of Görlitz Arvo Pärt; E. Acceptance speech given for the Léonie Sonning Music Prize 2008 Arvo Pärt; Works list; Bibliography.

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An authoritative guide to Arvo Pärt, this Companion provides a rounded picture of the man and his music.

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Andrew Shenton is Associate Professor of Music at Boston University.


'A persuasive act of stimulation and provocation.' Classical Music

'… substantial, with thoughtful and unobvious editorial decisions behind the book's make-up.' The Wire

'Packed with valuable scholarship, The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Pärt undoubtedly has a leading role to play in the future … the diversity of contributor backgrounds and the plurality of critical perspectives on offer only increase the importance of this welcome new volume.' Music and Letters

'… furnishes a fascinating portrait of the composer as a 'cosmopolitan persona of global renown' …' Scott Ordway, MAKE Literary Magazine

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