The Trinity faculty listened to and discussed the music of Estonian composer, Arvo Part, at their faculty colloquium on Friday. The faculty read articles on the methodology of Pärt’s music, his tintinnabuli, before listening to a few of his compositions. One critic describes his music as containing a “bright sadness” while another writes, “Pärt believes that the moment of departure from one note to the next reveals something intangible, something perhaps even holy”. Pärt himself says, “I have discovered that it is enough when a single note is beautifully played. This one note, or a silent beat, or a moment of silence, comforts me”. Listen to Pärt’s Magnificat below.
Magnificat, for choir a cappella (1989) The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Paul Hiller: conduction