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Universal Edition - Arvo Pärt

Arvo Pärt
*11.09.1935

Future Performances

Fratres
03.08.2014, Gstaad (CH)
Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
09.08.2014, London (GB)
Tabula rasa
14.08.2014, Davos (CH)
Fratres
17.08.2014, Coggeshall (GB)
Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
21.08.2014, Riga (LV)

News

  • 16.07.2014
    Arvo Pärt awarded the Praemium Imperiale
    Arvo Pärt awarded the Praemium Imperiale

    Arvo Pärt has been awarded the 2014 Praemium Imperiale award for music. The composer will receiv [...]

  • 04.07.2014
    Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos to design a new home for the Arvo Pärt Centre
    Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos to design a new home for the Arvo Pärt Centre

    The Spanish office Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos has won a competition to design the new home for th [...]

  • 24.06.2014
    José Manuel Barroso, president of the EC, visits Arvo Pärt
    José Manuel Barroso, president of the EC, visits Arvo Pärt

    José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Taavi Rõivas, Estonian Prime Minister, recently v [...]

  • 05.06.2014
    Arvo Pärt in New York
    Arvo Pärt in New York

    “Silence can be both that which is outside of us and that which is inside a person. The silence [...]

  • 28.05.2014
    Prominent guests at the Kennedy Center
    Prominent guests at the Kennedy Center

    Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the President of the Republic of Estonia, his wife Evelin Int-Lambot and Ar [...]

  • 27.05.2014
    Connectome at the Royal Ballet
    Connectome at the Royal Ballet

    Alastair Marriott’s upcoming one-act ballet Connectome will première this Saturday in a triple [...]

  • 20.05.2014
    “I am trying to reflect the values in my music that could touch every individual”
    “I am trying to reflect the values in my music that could touch every individual”

    “Religion guides all the processes in our lives, without us even knowing it,” the Estonian co [...]

  • 24.01.2014
    Arvo Pärt: composer of the month
    Arvo Pärt: composer of the month

    Three festivals in January 2014 focus on the music of Arvo Pärt.

    [...]
  • Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition/Eric Marinitsch
    27.04.2012
    Total Immersion Arvo Pärt
    Total Immersion Arvo Pärt
    This 28 April, the BBC invites us to the Barbican in London for a day-long exploration of Arvo Pärt [...]
  • Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition/Eric Marinitsch
    30.01.2012
    NYC Première of Pärt’s Lamentate
    NYC Première of Pärt’s Lamentate
    Arvo Pärt’s Lamentate receives its New York première at the Carnegie Hall. Dennis Russell Davies [...]
  • Arvo Pärt
    03.11.2011
    Arvo Pärt receives the Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur
    Arvo Pärt receives the Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur
    At a ceremony in Paris on 2 Nov, minister of culture Frédéric Mitterand awarded Arvo Pärt France [...]
  • Arvo Pärt
    04.07.2011
    Arvo Pärt performs his Vater unser for Pope Benedict XVI
    Arvo Pärt performs his Vater unser for Pope Benedict XVI
    On 4 July Arvo Pärt performed his Vater unser (Our Father) for Pope Benedict XVI at a ceremony in t [...]
  • Arvo Pärt
    07.09.2011
    Arvo Pärt: 3 world premières
    Arvo Pärt: 3 world premières
    On 9 and 10 Sept Arvo Pärt's three new orchestra versions of Beatus Petronius, Statuit ei Dominus a [...]
  • Arvo Pärt
    19.04.2011
    Norwegian première of Arvo Pärt’s Adam’s Lament
    Norwegian première of Arvo Pärt’s Adam’s Lament
    The Norwegian premières of Adam’s Lament and the Stabat Mater take place on 19 April in Oslo. Tö [...]
  • Arvo Pärt © Universal Edition / Eric Marinitsch
    17.01.2011
    Arvo Pärt on BBC Radio 3
    Arvo Pärt on BBC Radio 3
    Arvo Pärt talks to Tom Service about his life and music. [...]
  • Grammys
    10.12.2010
    UE at the GRAMMYS 2011
    UE at the GRAMMYS 2011
    The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday, 13 Feb, 2011. Among the nomi [...]
  • Arvo Pärt
    09.09.2010
    Arvo Pärt at 75
    Arvo Pärt at 75
    On 11 Sep Arvo Pärt celebrates his 75th birthday. New: Tabula Rasa - CD Special edition! [...]
  • Arvo Pärt
    20.10.2010
    World première of Arvo Pärt's Silhouette
    World première of Arvo Pärt's Silhouette
    Arvo Pärt's Silhouette, Hommage à Gustave Eiffel, will be given its world première on 04 Nov und [...]

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Arvo Pärt

The Composer

Catalogue of works (as of November 2009)

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Arvo Pärt was born in 1935 in Paide, Estonia. After studies with Heino Eller’s composition class in Tallinn, he worked from 1958 to 1967 as a sound engineer for Estonian Radio. In 1980 he emigrated with his family to Vienna and then, one year later, travelled on a DAAD scholarship to Berlin.

As one of the most radical representatives of the so-called ‘Soviet Avant-garde’, Pärt’s work passed through a profound evolutionary process. His first creative period began with neo-classical piano music. Then followed ten years in which he made his own individual use of the most important [...]

About the Music

For the Performer

The confrontation with Pärt’s music can be compared to making an oath of disclosure. Pärt himself says of his compositional point of departure, “It’s enough to play just one note beautifully,” and this applies doubly to interpretation. Here “playing beautifully” means nothing less than 'perfectly'. Thus those whose first encounter with Pärt’s music is based on its disarmingly simple notation will find themselves confronted with much they have not yet mastered. Suddenly, the regularity of up and down strokes, control of vibrato, changes in bowing or strings, and other aspects become fundamental problems.

Pärt’s music does not call for virtuosity [...]

10 of 186 Works

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