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Arvo Pärt—Für Alina

Arvo Pärt—Für Alina

Selected Composition

 

Arvo Pärt, "Für Alina"

 

 

Program Notes

 

In 1976, Arvo Pärt emerged from a seven-year dark night of the soul with this two-minute piece of genius. It is the first of his compositions in a style of music he developed—tintinnabuli, or "little bells." It is a work of deep sorrow. The notes in it yearn for resolutions they rarely find.

 

O, it is beautiful.

 

Almost I wrote here something I have hesitated to write so far in this blog—that is: if you listen to nothing else I write about, listen to this.

 

Tom Service, in The Guardian, wrote an excellent essay about Arvo Pärt. It includes recordings of a wide selection of Pärt's music, including "Für Alina":

 

Tom Service, "A Guide to Arvo Pärt's Music"

 

And here is a link to Amazon.com, in case you want to download the piece; pianist Alexei Lubimov performs (from the album Arvo Pärt: Seventy Five Year Celebration Collection): 

 

Arvo Pärt, "Für Alina"

 

 

 

 

The photograph, above, is of sunset at Yaki Point in Grand Canyon National Park (Credit: NPS/Michael Quinn; used courtesy of the National Park Service). This is the thirteenth of twenty photos of National Parks that I will feature in this blog to honor the centenary of the National Park Service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arvo Pärt—Fratres for Strings and Percussion

Arvo Pärt—Fratres for Strings and Percussion

Arvo Pärt—Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

Arvo Pärt—Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten