Some Observations on the Performance of Arvo Pärt’s Choral Music

Authored by: Paul Hillier

The Ashgate Research Companion to Minimalist and Postminimalist Music

Print publication date:  November  2013
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409435495
eBook ISBN: 9781315613260
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042556


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Almost alone amongst contemporary composers, Arvo Pärt has written the major portion of his music either for voices alone or for voices with instruments. 1 1

This is a slightly edited version of Hillier’s introduction to Pärt’s Collected Choral Works for choir (Universal Edition, 2008). Reproduced by kind permission of the author.

His music therefore marks a major contribution to the choral repertoire at a time when most composers are still primarily engaged with instruments and solo voices.

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