Resonant Thoughts: Arvo Pärt On Reduction

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“You can drown in the sewage water of our time’s creativity. The capability to select is important, and the urge for it. The reduction to a minimum, the ability to reduce fractions–that was the strength of all great composers” (114).

“Reduction certainly doesn’t mean simplification, but it is the way–at least in an ideal scenario–to the most intense concentration on the essence of things. In the compositional process I have always to find this nucleus first from which the work will eventually emerge” (116-117).

“The compositional task is to find the appropriate system for the gesture” (117).

The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Pärt (2012, Andrew Shenton, ed.)

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