Listeners often speak of a certain mystery in the way that Arvo PÌ_rt evokes spirituality through his music, but no one has taken a sustained, close look at how he achieves this. Arvo PÌ_rt: Out of Silenceexamines the powerful interplay between PÌ_rt‰۪s music and the composer‰۪s own deep roots in the Orthodox Christian faith‰ÛÓa relationship that has born much creative fruit and won the hearts of countless listeners across the globe.
Praise for Out of Silence‰ÛÓ
‰ÛÏA luminous engagement of music, philosophy, and belief.‰åÊ
åÊåÊåÊ ‰ÛÓ LAURIE ANDERSON, Composer, musician, performance artist
‰ÛÏMany of us have written about PÌ_rt, but one thing was missing, the view from within the Orthodox Christian tradition that has guided PÌ_rt's work since the 1970s. This has now been provided by Peter Bouteneff, writing with clarity, precision, and the graceful authority of one who knows what he is talking about.‰åÊ
åÊåÊåÊ ‰ÛÓ PAUL HILLIER, Co-founder, the Hilliard Ensemble, author, Arvo PÌ_rt (Oxford, 1997)
‰ÛÏBy parsing the connections between PÌ_rt‰۪s music and the Christian faith, Bouteneff demonstrates the central paradox of the PÌ_rt phenomenon: that a musician so deeply rooted in the particulars of a rich Christian tradition can, precisely on that basis, create music that continues to appeal to listeners across religious and cultural lines. This book is a triumph.‰
åÊåÊåÊ ‰ÛÓ ROBERT SALER , Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis
‰ÛÏThis illuminating meditation on the pillars of PÌ_rt‰۪s music ‰ÛÒ word, silence, and bright sadness ‰ÛÒ gives voice to what many intuit in the music and is a game changer for PÌ_rt scholarship. Unafraid to traverse the same boundaries of religion, spirituality, and popular culture as PÌ_rt‰۪s music, Bouteneff‰۪s book is essential reading for those devoted to PÌ_rt‰۪s music and interested in the place of Orthodox Christianity in public life.‰
åÊåÊåÊ ‰ÛÓ JEFFERS ENGELHARDT , Amherst College
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A professor of theology and a conservatory-trained musician, Peter Bouteneff has been an ardent and attentive listener of Arvo PÌ_rt‰۪s music ever since he came to know the composer personally in 1990. He teaches systematic theology and spirituality at St Vladimir‰۪s Seminary, where he also co-directs the Arvo PÌ_rt Project.
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