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Arvo Pärt

Born: 11th September 1935, Paide, Jarva County, Estonia

Nationality: Estonian

Arvo Pärt is an Estonian composer of classical and religious music. Since the late 1970s, Pärt has worked in a minimalist style that employs his self-invented compositional technique, tintinnabuli. Pärt's music is in part inspired by Gregorian chant. His most performed works include Fratres (1977), Spiegel im Spiegel (1978), and Für Alina (1976). From 2011 to 2018, Pärt was the most performed living composer in the world, and the second most performed in 2019.

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Interview, Graham Ross on Arvo Pärt

The conductor of the choir of Clare College Cambridge talks to David about his new album, showcasing the music of Arvo Pärt, Pēteris Vasks and James MacMillan.

Recording of the Week, Arvo Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel

In response to its frequent use in television and film, Chris ponders the Estonian composer’s 1978 composition ‘mirror/s in the mirror’ and alights upon a favourite recording.

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