Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Arvo Pärt & the musical connection between body & soul

Arvo Pärt talks about the musical connections between body and soul as the instrument of composers here. He rarely gives interviews so this is worth hearing. Last year he was 75. He says, "When everything is chaos, there's no meaning to life." He speaks about the evolution of his musical compositions in the creation of the Arvo Part Centre in Estonia. In earlier compositions, including his experience of singing Gregorian chant and the first and second symphonies, he says his heart had yet to be changed. In a conversation with a street cleaner about what music is, he heard the opinion that a musician must love every note, every tone. This became his goal.

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