Arvo Pärt – Silouans Song


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Arvo Pärt is Estonian composer of classical and religious music, known for creating his own minimalist style of “little bell” sounds which he calls Tintinnabuli. Here’s how he describes it:

“Tintinnabulation is an area I sometimes wander into when I am searching for answers – in my life, my music, my work. In my dark hours, I have the certain feeling that everything outside this one thing has no meaning. The complex and many-faceted only confuses me, and I must search for unity. What is it, this one thing, and how do I find my way to it? Traces of this perfect thing appear in many guises – and everything that is unimportant falls away. Tintinnabulation is like this. . . . The three notes of a triad are like bells. And that is why I call it tintinnabulation.”

His track ‘Silouans Song’ is a spiritual tune that came out in 2006 but I just heard it in a Benji B radio show co-hosted with Joy Orbison, so it’s fresh to me.

According to his Wikipedia page, Pärt has also been one of the most-performed living composers for the last five years. Bjork is also a huge fan!

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