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November 16, 2022

'Tabula Rasa' — Arvo Pärt

Alex Ross wrote in the New Yorker that the Estonian composer's concerto for two violins was the favorite piece of terminally ill patients in a Scottish hospice.

Wrote Kate Molleson in the Guardian: "The music contains two voices, slowly dropping in register and eventually dropping off. Pärt doesn't give us the final note of the scale, but leaves four bars of written silence."

More, from a 2010 New York Times in-depth profile of the composer: "Although Pärt's music is often compared to the Gregorian chant in a monastery or the early polyphonic music of the Renaissance, you could just as easily liken it to the abstract paintings of Mondrian."

November 16, 2022 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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