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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

On Arvo Part

Arvo Part's music always reduces me to a sober silence.

Stillness, luminosity, gracious non-intrusiveness, startling suddenness - this music is light through a prism of sound. Part's music inspired me to write my novel, Murder on Planet Pureland. The simple patterning of conflicts in harmonious streams of mutually reinforcing sonic intensities brings an unusual clarity and emotional poignancy to his music. It is as if an ancient Pythagorean, believer in the divine power of the tone, had been transposed to modern day Estonia-then-Berlin to create music. And, yes, it's also timelessly lovely too.

About Arvo Part:

Part is recorded as saying:

"I could compare my music to white light which contains all colours. Only a prism can divide the colours and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener."


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