In September, ECM will release “The Deer’s Cry”, a new album of Arvo Pärt’s music, featuring the composer’s vocal pieces performed by Vox Clamantis and conducted by Jaan-Eik Tulve. The new album mainly comprises of a cappella choral pieces written since 2000. The album also includes pieces from the 1990s – “And One of the Pharisees …“ and “Gebet nach dem Kanon“.
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 24. – 26. August 2016, the Arvo Pärt Centre will host its sixth series of Film Evenings, showing films that feature Arvo Pärt’s music. For the first time, the makers of as many as two of the films to be shown, David Trueba and Piero Messina, will be in Tallinn to talk about the background to their films and their reasons for their choice of film music.
At the annual Encaenia ceremony held today, Arvo Pärt received an honorary degree in Music from Oxford University. At a ceremony held at the Sheldonian Theatre the University of Oxford conferred honorary degrees on nine distinguished figures from the fields of theology, law, economics, architecture, film, science, engineering and music.
On 20 June, Arvo Pärt was merited the Per Artem Ad Deum Medal from the Pontifical Council for Culture. The Pontifical Council for Culture also awarded the medal to the Polish singer and composer Antonina Krzysztoń and the Italian sculptor and goldsmith Arnaldo Pomodoro.