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The Very Best Of Arvo Pärt
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EMI 29443CD EMI 29443CD
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RELEASE DATE
10/11/2010

"Arvo Pärt will celebrated 75th birthday on September 11, 2010. Pärt was born in Estonia during a short period of independence from its more powerful neighbors. In 1944, Estonia was occupied by the Soviet Union; as a result, Pärt spent the greater part of his life struggling against an oppressive Soviet régime. In 1980 he and his family emigrated to Austria, where they took up Austrian citizenship; they returned to Estonia at the beginning of the new century and now live in the capital, Tallinn. While Pärt's early works were influenced by Prokofiev and Shostakovich, the introduction of serialism into his later works brought him into conflict with soviet authorities who banned many of his early works. This affected him deeply and resulted in a period of silent introspection during which he developed a great interest in early music. During the 1970s, Pärt developed the 'Tintinnabuli Style' of music for which he has become most famous. This style of composition has been likened to minimalism due to its common use of slow tempi and repeated notation."