Theatre critic, blogger and Scottish Ensemble writer-in-residence Gareth K. Vile shares thoughts on religion and spirituality in the life and music of Arvo Part.Read More
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?
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.