Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is our featured artist this week on CMI Streaming. Pärt is known for music that is highly influenced by Gregorian chant and for creating his own compositional technique known as tintinnabuli, in which the first of two parts arpeggiates the home chord of the piece while another moves in stepwise motion. After initial writing in a neoclassical style, Pärt began to write in the serialist 12-tone style of composers like Arnold Schoenberg. However, this music was banned in the Soviet Union and Pärt began studying the choral music of the 14th-16th centuries. Reemerging on the compositional scene with his new style several years later, Pärt has gone on to become a highly influential composer.
Connect with the New Classical channel for several pieces by Arvo Pärt and other great music by living composers, this week on CMI Streaming.