Cambridge Companions to Music: The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Part (Hardback)
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Cambridge Companions to Music: The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Part (Hardback)

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Hardback 274 Pages / Published: 17/05/2012
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Arvo Part is one of the most influential and widely performed contemporary composers. Around 1976 he developed an innovative new compositional technique called 'tintinnabuli' (Latin for 'sounding bells'), which has had an extraordinary degree of success. It is frequently performed around the world, has been used in award-winning films, and pieces such as Fur Alina and Spiegel im Siegel have become standard repertoire. This collection of essays, written by a distinguished international group of scholars and performers, is the essential guide to Arvo Part and his music. The book begins with a general introduction to Part's life and works, covering important biographical details and outlining his most significant compositions. Two chapters analyze the tintinnabuli style and are complemented by essays which discuss Part's creative process. The book also examines the spiritual aspect of Part's music and contextualizes him in the cultural milieu of the twenty-first century and in the marketplace.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107009899
Number of pages: 274
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 244 x 170 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'A persuasive act of stimulation and provocation.' Classical Music
'... substantial, with thoughtful and unobvious editorial decisions behind the book's make-up.' The Wire
'Packed with valuable scholarship, The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Part undoubtedly has a leading role to play in the future ... the diversity of contributor backgrounds and the plurality of critical perspectives on offer only increase the importance of this welcome new volume.' Music and Letters
'... furnishes a fascinating portrait of the composer as a 'cosmopolitan persona of global renown' ...' Scott Ordway, MAKE Literary Magazine
"This volume is long overdue. Although the music of Arvo Part has been readily embraced by audiences, listeners and licensees (providing the soundtrack to many Hollywood films and YouTube clips), the Estonian-born composer has yet to enter the academic press. Joining an august catalog of previous composers and genre companions from [Cambridge], Andrew Shenton's volume is a persuasive act of stimulation and provocation." Classical Music
"This collection, complete with suitable appendixes, is a major contribution to the literature on this important composer." Choice
"Part's burgeoning popularity might easily have been taken as an excuse to rebadge old Part scholarship in anticipation of a wider audience, but that pitfall has happily been avoided. The diversity of contributor backgrounds and the plurality of critical perspectives on offer only increase the importance of this welcome new volume." Christopher J. May, Project Muse
"... furnishes a fascinating portrait of the composer as a "cosmopolitan persona of global renown" ..." Scott Ordway, MAKE Literary Magazine

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