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Film Music Newsletter 7'11 – be prepärt

It is the stillness. It is as if time and space stand still at the first three sounds. Thoughts are paused; the flood of emotions is halted; just to avoid missing one of those rare moments in which everything suddenly becomes clear. You are at one with yourself and the world, and are able to focus on what is really important in life. It is the wonder of stillness which makes Arvo Pärt’s music so unique and unmistakable, and fascinates people around the world – in concert halls and cinemas alike.

It all began in 1976 with the little piano piece “Für Alina”, which marked the birth of his tintinnabuli style. “Tintinnabuli” (Latin = little bell) takes its name from the bell-like triad which is a recurring feature in all his tintinnabuli works. Minimalist, archaic and reduced to the bare essentials: Pärt’s music awakens an awareness of long-forgotten yet well-known sounds and affects us in a way that is unlike almost any other music.

For directors, this is the stuff that dreams are made of. The music of the Estonian composer has already been used in over 100 films, from cineaste and auteur films to blockbuster Hollywood box-office hits. Pärt’s hypnotic scores easily overcome all genre boundaries, from melodrama to comedy, from mystery to documentary thriller. As if in silent compliance, his music is frequently allocated to a certain action and almost reverently awarded plenty of space in order to allow its peaceful strength and unending calm to unfold. With this in mind: Be prepärt!

Sound Clips

  • Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten | für Streichorchester und eine Glocke | Arvo Pärt
  • Sarah Was Ninety Years Old | für 3 Singstimmen (STT), Schlagzeug und | Arvo Pärt
  • Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka ... | für Klavier | Arvo Pärt
  • Spiegel im Spiegel | für Violine und Klavier | Arvo Pärt
  • De profundis | für Männerchor und Kammerorchester | Arvo Pärt
  • Wallfahrtslied / Pilgrims' Song | für Männerchor und Streichorchester | Arvo Pärt
  • Berliner Messe | für gemischten Chor (SATB) und Streicho | Arvo Pärt
  • Silouans Song | für Streichorchester | Arvo Pärt
  • My Heart's in the Highlands | für Countertenor oder Alt und Orgel | Arvo Pärt
  • Salve Regina | für gemischten Chor und Orgel | Arvo Pärt
  • In principio | für gemischten Chor und Orchester | Arvo Pärt
  • Lamentate | für Klavier und Orchester | Arvo Pärt
  • Passacaglia | für 1 oder 2 Violinen, Vibrafon (ad lib | Arvo Pärt
  • Für Lennart in memoriam | für Streichorchester | Arvo Pärt
  • Symphonie Nr. 4 ‘Los Angeles’ | für Streichorchester, Harfe, Pauken und | Arvo Pärt