Arvo Pärt – The Bach of Our Century
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Guest Blogger: Janet Horvath is the author of Playing Less Hurt (Hal Leonard Books). Below is an excerpt from her blog on Interlude. Please visit her blog to read the whole article.
It is said that Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is the Bach of our century. An unassuming man with furrowed brow, a big bushy salt and pepper beard, and serious contemplative demeanor, this contemporary composer, does not tend to make people want to run the other way. Even non-classical music fans know and love his music. Transcendent, spiritual, otherworldly and soothing are words that jump to mind when describing Part’s accessible music.
The Concert and Opera League tabulates the composers who were featured the most during a year. Beethoven and Mozart of course are ensconced at the top. Not surprisingly, due to Debussy’s birthday this year, he is in the top 10.
Arvo Pärt for the second year in a row, is the most performed living composer at number 54.
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