October 31, 2015

OUR BACH:

My year with Arvo Part - he is a man of courage, humility and authenticity : Arvo Pärt is famously media-averse. So how did Günter Atteln make a film about the composer, and what did he learn about him? (Günter Atteln, 30 October 2015, The Guardian)

In order to understand Pärt, one needs to know that he is a religious person. You don't need to be religious to feel his music, just as you don't need to be religious to feel the music of Bach. But if you want to listen to his work structurally then it helps to know of Pärt's faith and the meaning of the texts he has chosen, and that he becomes subordinate to the word in his composition. He has a deep humility, with which he follows the direct tradition of Bach: his music is "in the honour of God".

This requires courage. As a man of faith, an artist makes himself vulnerable. Pärt has been attacked from many sides during his lifetime, whether by party officials in Soviet times or from representatives of the Modern School after his emigration to the west. One bows to a great composer who unflinchingly follows his path, authentic and real. And if we have succeeded in capturing a little of this authenticity in the film, then we have achieved our goal.

Posted by at October 31, 2015 9:09 AM
  

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