I was happy to see Arvo Part pop up on the front page of nytimes.com today. The NYT Magazine did a profile of the minimalist composer for his 75th birthday.
At certain points in his life he was obsessed with seagulls and unlocking the secrets of Gregorian chants. That didn’t take. His system of “tintinnabuli” though, pairing melody with a second stabilizing line beneath the melody, became his musical and philosophical cornerstone.
A fascinating read about a fascinating mind.
Of course, I have some albums for you. The late seventies were when Part reached his mature period and when tintinnabuli really kicked in. These are two of his biggest releases from back then.
Tabula Rasa (1977)