View Poll Results: Is Arvo Pärt A Great Living Composer?

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  • Yes, he is a great living composer

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  • He is as capable as any other living composer

    7 13.46%
  • No, he is a weak composer

    9 17.31%
  • I don't know enough about his music to decide

    4 7.69%
  • I have not listened to any of his music before

    2 3.85%
  • I don't enjoy his music at all

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    Default Is Arvo Pärt A Great Living Composer?

    Here's a description of Tintinnabuli https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tintinnabuli

    Pärt is a living composer born in 1935, in Estonia. He writes a lot of vocal religious music. The works often have a slow and meditative tempo, and a minimalist approach to both notation and performance. Pärt's compositional approach has expanded somewhat in the years since 1970, but the overall effect remains largely the same.

    This is one of his most performed works. It leads the gateway to harmonically sound works composed in the last fifty years. It has been used many times in films as it does convey strong characterization of the emotions intended by Pärt. (I listened to it for the first time last week and I found it enjoyable.)

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    I voted "I don't know enough about his music to decide" for I have only just started to listen to his music a little more. I have heard of other works before some time ago but I don't really remember them.

    His Stabat Mater composed in 1985 is quite good:


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    I really dislike his tintinnabuli technique. Drives me nuts.



    https://flypaper.soundfly.com/write/...-tintinnabuli/

    "Forgive me, Majesty. I'm a vulgar man. But I assure you, my music is not.“ Mozart

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    He stood out at the turn of the century with a unique voice which resonated with a lot of people, Christian and nonChristian, classical and nonclassical. I think that was when he was the most effective. After Adam's Lament and LamenTate, I lost interest. I hope someone can give an update on the merit of his recent works.

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    From the sound of his music, it's hard to tell for sure if he is living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtMusic View Post
    Here's a description of Tintinnabuli https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tintinnabuli

    Pärt is a living composer born in 1935, in Estonia. He writes a lot of vocal religious music. The works often have a slow and meditative tempo, and a minimalist approach to both notation and performance. Pärt's compositional approach has expanded somewhat in the years since 1970, but the overall effect remains largely the same.

    This is one of his most performed works. It leads the gateway to harmonically sound works composed in the last fifty years. It has been used many times in films as it does convey strong characterization of the emotions intended by Pärt. (I listened to it for the first time last week and I found it enjoyable.)

    Fratres
    I voted I haven't heard his music, but I listened to this and didn't care for it.

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    I like a few of his things. Loathe others. That wasn't a poll option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainnumber36 View Post
    I voted I haven't heard his music, but I listened to this and didn't care for it.
    There's a version of "Fratres" by the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra that is divine. There's also a version by the California Guitar Trio which is pretty good. Oh, here they are:


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    When I think about Part, I think about this article by Alex Ross.

    I have several albums of his music. There are times - not that frequent - when it’s exactly what I want to hear.

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    I don't know and don't care whether he is a "great" composer, and don't think it is an important question.

    I have listened to some of his music and thought it was time well spent.

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    He was the flavor of the day a couple years back. All the hipsters had to like him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoCoPilot View Post
    He was the flavor of the day a couple years back. All the hipsters had to like him.
    What do you mean by "hipster"?

    I was just exploring accessible newly composed music and found one or two of his compositions I sampled more within traditional harmonic patterns.

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    A "hipster" is someone who thinks Mr. Bean is cool.

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    I have not listened to any of his music before.
    Love your pure and simple questions by the way.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

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    I like Part's Symphony no. 3, a transitional work a few years before he developed Tintinnabuli. I also love Tabula Rasa, Summa Credo, Frates, and Berliner Messe.

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