Arvo Pärt's Tabula Rasa (The Oxford Keynotes Series) by Kevin C. Karnes

By Kevin C. Karnes

one in every of state-of-the-art most generally acclaimed composers, Arvo Pärt broke into the soundscape of the chilly struggle West with Tabula Rasa in 1977, a piece that brought his signature tintinnabuli style to listeners through the international. within the first ebook devoted to this pathbreaking composition, writer Kevin C. Karnes tells the tale of Tabula Rasa as certainly one of Pärt and of Europe itself, traced over the process a quarter-century that observed momentous transitions in eu tradition and politics, historical past and reminiscence. starting on the web site of the work's construction within the Estonian SSR, and drawing widely upon a number of formerly unexamined archival fabrics, Karnes recounts Pärt's discovery of tintinnabuli amidst his experiments with the song of the Western and Soviet avant-gardes. He examines Tabula Rasa in relation to modernist conceptions of musical constitution, the ascetic perform of Orthodox Christianity, postwar studies of digital song, and the polystylistic methods to composition that experience turn into emblematic of the Soviet Nineteen Seventies. Tracing the export of Tabula Rasa to the West and Pärt's emigration in 1980, the ebook unearths intersections of serious statement with visions of the "end of historical past" that attended the cave in of eu communism to signify that it used to be during this confluence of listening, discovery, and geopolitical reordering that enduring traces of dialog approximately Pärt and his song took shape.

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