Today, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tallinn held a ceremony to award Arvo Pärt with the Per Artem ad Deum medal bestowed by the Pontifical Council for Culture in recognition of achievements that contribute to the promotion of dialogue between the diversity of cultures in the contemporary world and thus promote man as an individuaal.
About the Centre
The Arvo Pärt Centre was founded in 2010 by Arvo Pärt and his family with the aim of creating opportunities for preserving and researching the creative heritage of the composer in his native land, Estonia, and in the context of the Estonian language.
The centre is situated in Laulasmaa, 35 km from Tallinn, on a peninsula with magnificent natural surroundings – within a pine forest near the sea.
The building for the centre has been named Aliina – a name that symbolises new beginnings in Pärt’s music. It was with the piano piece “Für Alina” that the tintinnabuli style was introduced in 1976.
The core of the Arvo Pärt centre is the archive, which brings together the entire creative heritage of the composer and related information and documents, both in physical and digital form.
On 26 September last year Arvo Pärt’s wife Nora Pärt was a guest in the season opening of cultural TV discussion programm Plekktrumm (ETV2, ERR). The topics discussed included Arvo Pärt’s work and message and also achieving a creative climate in general. The compare was Joonas Hellerma. The discussion program now has English subtitles for anyone who does not understand Estonian.
“Writing music is like playing with toys. You take out some things, put them the other way around, look at them from another angle. Indeed, how many notes do we have: eight notes for a normal composer. Or even seven.” – Arvo Pärt. During Museum Night, an Estonia-wide event, the Arvo Pärt Centre will again be opening its doors to visitors. As 2017 is the Year of Children’s and Youth Culture, the theme this year is Games in the Night.
A video from the Arvo Pärt Centre presenting how we came to be and why the Centre is located in Laulasmaa.