Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Arvo Pärt's setting of the O Antiphons

Arvo Pärt, whose works rank him as the 3rd-most performed living composer globally, is an Orthodox Christian of Estonian nationality. His music is mystical, cross-cultural, and cross-traditional. Along with Henryk Górecki and John Tavener, he  is considered a pioneer of the style that has come to be known as "mystic minimalism" or "holy minimalism."

“Arvo Pärt draws on his Orthodox Christian roots to compose music that seizes people of all faiths and of none,” observed Dr. Bouteneff, Asociate Professor of Systematic Theology at St Vladimir’s Seminary in New York.

Here are his “O Antiphons” to inspire your Advent journey.


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