Arvo Part (1935-)

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01The Soundtrack Of An Age20150622

Donald Macleod begins an exploration of the life and music of Estonian composer Arvo Part.

The Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is nothing short of a musical phenomenon. He can lay claim to being the most popular of contemporary composers. According to his publisher's records, in a single month in 2011 there were 63 official performances of his work across the world, from England to Estonia, New Zealand to Venezuela: you can bet there would have been perhaps twice as many unofficial performances. Donald Macleod begins his exploration of the life and work of Arvo Pärt. Part of Radio 3's Classical Voice Season - celebrating the art of singing.

02The Soundworld Of The Composer20150623

Tracing Part's experiments in twelve-tone music and collage, and his tintinnabuli process.

Donald Macleod continues his exploration of the life and music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. In this programme, tracing Pärt's experiments with 12-tone music and collage and the nine-year period in which he composed almost nothing, a silence which was broken eventually by his development of his own tintinnabuli process. Part of the BBC's Classical Voice Season, celebrating the art of singing.

03Silence Is Like Fertile Soil20150624

Donald Macleod focuses on the composition of Part's work For Alina.

Donald Macleod continues his exploration of the life and music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.

Pärt had been listening, looking, reading, studying, probing, observing through some nine years of virtual silence, searching for a new style, when, one sunny morning in February 1976, he came through on the other side as he wrote down a piano piece which was to be called, in Estonian, Aliinale: For Alina. The music has no fixed metre or tempo. It's marked: "Calm, exalted, listening to one's inner self." It's seemingly so simple - timeless - but it answered many questions for Pärt. He says of this point in his life, as if he were describing the music of For Alina itself: "Begin from zero, from nothing. It's like if there is fresh snow and nobody has walked (on it), and you take the first steps on this snow. And this is the beginning of new life." Part of the BBC's Classical Voice Season, celebrating the art of singing.

04Eternity And Purpose20150625

Donald Macleod focuses on the years after Part's move to the West in 1980.

In the autumn of 1979, Arvo and Nora Pärt had an unexpected caller at their apartment. It was a leading member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party in Soviet Estonia. He'd dropped by to offer a friendly suggestion: it might be better all round if they left the country. It was meant to look like a voluntary decision, but it was really an eviction order. So, at five o'clock on the morning of 18th January 1980, telling their children they were all going on a round-the-world trip, they set off from Baltic Station in Tallinn. Donald Macleod continues his exploration of the life and music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, in this programme focusing on the years after Pärt's move to the West. Part of the BBC's Classical Voice season, celebrating the art of singing.

05Give Me The Spirit Of Humility And Love20150626

Part's recent work, including Orient and Occident, Symphony No 4 and Adam's Lament.

Donald Macleod continues his exploration of the life and music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, in this programme focusing on the composer's more recent work, including Orient and Occident, Symphony No.4 and Adam's Lament. Part of the BBC's Classical Voice season, celebrating the art of singing.