Arvo Part - Oxford Studies of Composers (Paperback)
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Arvo Part - Oxford Studies of Composers (Paperback)

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Paperback 232 Pages / Published: 24/04/1997
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The music of the Estonian-born composer Arvo Part is a unique and powerful voice in the contemporary world. Using a tonal idiom based on a mixture of scales and triads, Part created a style that he calls `tintinnabuli'. Listening to it, one is reminded of the passionate and tranquility of some Russian icon, or of certain memorable scenes in the films of Andrei Tarkovsky. In this book, the first full-length study of Part, Paul Hillier explores the tintinnabuli works in considerable depth. He also examines the music of Part's earlier, somewhat neglected serial period, and charts the composer's steady evolution towards the `abstract tonality' of his later years. In addition, a biographical chapter and discussion of topics such as Russian Orthodox spirituality, minimalism, and the influence of early music, combine to make this a substantial introduction to Part's music. Hillier also draws on his own experience of working with the composer to offer thoughts on various performance issues.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198166160
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 327 g
Dimensions: 217 x 138 x 14 mm


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This book is perhaps most valuable as an in-depth study of Part's attempt to 'learn how to walk again as a composer' ... Hillier gives a most illuminating account of Part's determination to pare down and reconstruct both his musical ideas and his technique ... This book is the best possible refutation of the notion that Part's music is a simple remortgaging of a past musical idiom. * Peter Quinn, Tempo 202 *
The first English-language book devoted to Part ... Hillier is especially qualified to speak on Part's work ... the book also provides an apt amount of biographical scene setting. * Billboard, 5 July 1997 *
a detailed work-by-work study by a leading expert who knows the composer, fleshed out with biographical details and useful appendices; there are copious music examples ... a highly detailed text which veers between analytical charts and more straightforward descriptive writing * Gramophone, September 1997 *

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