The Fullness of Emptiness: Riffing on Arvo Pärt

Arvo Pärt. Photographer unknown.

Arvo Pärt’s minimalist soundscapes are a major feature of the Twentieth Century’s musical terrain; his is a particularly windblown and barren, starkly beautiful land, with grand vistas and time-carved expanses. It’s rare that an artist evokes such obvious and linear geographic metaphors for me, but I love Pärt’s music for the exact same reason that I love the badlands of Wyoming. Both are vast and open and…

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