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Arvo Pärt's Resonant Texts
Choral and Organ Music 1956–2015

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  • Date Published: April 2018
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  • isbn: 9781108514866

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  • Statistically the most performed and listened to contemporary composer in the world, Arvo Pärt is a musical and cultural phenomenon. This book is an essential resource for anyone interested in his extraordinarily innovative and uniquely appealing music. Andrew Shenton surveys the full scope of Pärt's oeuvre, providing context and chronological continuity while concentrating in particular on his text-based music, analysing and describing individual pieces and techniques such as tintinnabulation. The book also explores the spiritual and theological contexts of Part's creativity, and the challenges of performing his work. This volume is the definitive guide for readers looking to engage with the form, content, and context of Pärt's compositions, as Shenton situates Pärt in the narrative of metamodernism and suggests new ways of understanding this unique and beautiful music.

    • This is the only book to explore the entire career of this extremely popular contemporary composer
    • Includes numerous musical examples, enabling readers to understand the form, content, and context of individual pieces, as well as key innovative techniques such as tintinnabulation
    • Suggests broader approaches to Christian texts, making Pärt's work accessible to a wider audience
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    'Arvo Pärt's Resonant Texts is a fascinating and deeply engaging conglomeration of cultural musicology and compositional survey. It is a thoroughly engaging read … Highly recommended.' Erik W. Goldstrom, Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians

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    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108514866
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 12 tables 68 music examples
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Prelude: resonant texts [1]
    2. Credo:
    1955–76
    3. Interlude: audible light
    4. Passio:
    1976–82
    5. Interlude: the numinous encounter
    6. Kanon:
    1982–97
    7. Interlude: performance practice
    8. Lamentate:
    1997–2003
    9. Adam's Lament:
    2003–15
    10. Postlude.

  • Author

    Andrew Shenton, Boston University
    Andrew Shenton is on the faculty of Boston University, and is a leading expert on the music of Arvo Pärt. He is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Pärt (Cambridge, 2012), and is the author of Olivier Messiaen's System of Signs (2008). Active as a performer, he has premiered more than ninety pieces, and has more than thirty recordings to his credit.

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