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by Arvo Pärt, Robert Jamieson Crow (Translator), Enzo Restagno, Leopold Brauneiss, Saale Kareda, Heinz Valk (Cover Artist)

Hardcover, 192 pages

This collection of essays and interviews is an ideal guide to the work and thought of one of the world s greatest and most original living composers. In Enzo Restagno s extensive interview, Pärt gives an intimate description of his work and life in Soviet Estonia, his emigration, his artistic odyssey, and his worldview. Then, Arvo Pärt s compositional technique is the focus of a musicological essay by Leopold Brauneiss. Finally, Saale Kareda explores the spiritual aspects of the composer s approach to his works. Two acceptance speeches, delivered by Pärt on receiving major European prizes, complete this fascinating and illuminating portrait.

While this book originally published in German and later in English translation is titled Arvo Pärt in Conversation, it is actually more than that. The 2004 conversation between Enzo Restagno and Arvo Pärt is only the first half of the book. The rest consists of a detailed description of Pärts tintinnabuli style by musicologist Leopold Brauneiss, brief comments on Pärts aesthetic by Saale Kareda , and two speeches that Pärt gave at prize-awarding ceremonies in 2007 and 2008 respectively.