Arvo Pärt—Für Alina
Arvo Pärt, "Für Alina"
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":
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):
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.