While I adore Mahler, Satie, Debussy, Tavener, Franck and Preisner, I think Pärt has perfectly distilled the sound of beauty into a few numinous — if not spartan — notes. Litany‘s first measure is incomparably exquisitely pure. Passio also has a most delectable element of gorgeous sadness, coloring it colorless, like patterns in moire silk. Armenian chant music has a most singular melancholy to it.

Pärt incorporates the heart at the moment of impact in its breaking successfully into his work. Few compositions bring more pleasure than his when listened to in the dark, with rain pounding on the window, cool air at your feet, coupled with the soft pitter-patter of keys under your fingers typing away.

“That is my goal: time and timelessness are connected.
This instant and eternity are struggling within us.
And this is the cause of all our contradictions.”

{ Arvo Pärt }

“Tintinnabulation is an area I sometimes wander into when I am searching for answers – in my life, my music, my work. In my dark hours, I have the certain feeling that everything outside this one thing has no meaning. Here I am alone with silence. I have discovered that it is enough when a single note is beautifully played. This one note, or a moment of silence comforts me. I work with very few elements – with one voice, with two voices. I build with the most primitive materials – with the triad, with one specific tonality. The three notes of a triad are like bells.”

{ Arvo Pärt }

It is raining. I am listening to De Profundis Clamavi Psalm 129 by Pärt. A man and a woman are sleeping down the hall, I hear them stir in their sleep.

Three notes — three wonderful things.

Sometimes life can be lovely.

By the way, tintinnabulum is Latin for bell.

Most of the time, life is just very lonely.



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