Pärt once said that he wants his music to express is "love for every note", and in turn, communicate the spiritual power that he sees as music's essential purpose.  His music is sacred, inspired by Gregorian Chant and often referred to as “Holy Minimalism”.  One of the most appealing qualities of his music is many moments of heightened emotion and the sudden atmosphere of stillness and meditation.  In Fratres, Pärt utilizes harmonic simplicity with the spiritual explorations into his Russian Orthodox faith he undertook around the same time. The work is a "mesmerising set of variations on a six-bar theme combining frantic activity and sublime stillness that encapsulates Pärt's observation that 'the instant and eternity are struggling within us’.” 

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Arvo Pärt EE

Arvo Pärt (1935) is one of those composers whose creative output has significantly changed the way we understand the nature of music. Today, he is known for his unique tintinnabuli style, and although his earlier modernist works are perhaps less known to wider audiences, his entire oeuvre has shifted our perception of music.

Regardless of nationality, cultural background or age, many people have been touched and influenced by the timeless beauty and deep spiritual message of Pärt’s music. His works are performed not only in concert halls, but over recent decades also in film, dance and theatre performances, and other multimedia texts.

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Arvo Pärt