Provocation No.2: What is the mysterious power of Arvo Part's music?

The music of Arvo Pärt feels inextricably linked with the anecdotes of people using it as a tool to help them in a myriad of ways - to soothe, comfort and calm; to escape their lives; to expand their world; to accept death. But why does this music provoke such a powerful response? How does it help us heal? 

The second in our series of Provocations takes a closer look at the components of Arvo Pärt's deceptively simple music. By doing so, can we come to understand its mysterious power? 

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Rosie Davies
Provocation No.1: Is music ever objective?

Sad, happy, angry, uplifting... We describe music and art all the time. Sometimes, we know and accept that we're expressing our personal opinion - but not always. Can we ever describe a piece of music objectively? And, if not, are we OK with this? 

In the first in a series of Provocations, Rosie Davies explores how we talk about music, and whether we can ever talk in facts. 

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Rosie Davies