The piano piece Für Alina is one of the most petit, yet one of the most significant works in all of Arvo Pärt’s oeuvre. It was born in February 1976, the first work in a number of years, with which Pärt emerged from a prolonged creative crisis; it is also his first piece to be written in the tintinnabuli style.
As is characteristic to the tintinnabuli style, the music of Für Alina follows a few strict mathematical rules. For instance, the voice of the melody grows by one note in each bar and, reaching its maximum (eight notes) begins to diminish again. The free-flowing melody is united throughout the piece with the so-called tintinnabuli voice, always following its nearest triad. These two voices are united into an inseparable whole. Interestingly, the compos…
Alexander Malter (piano). CD Alina. ECM New Series 1591
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