Because the music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt appears to be both simple and
familiar yet so astonishingly new, many have attempted to pinpoint its origins.
The labels that have been applied to Pärt's music equate his style with that of the
minimalist movement of the last half of the twentieth century. However, these labels
are inadequate in that they fail to even hint at the strong medieval influences in his
works. In this thesis I have proved the existence of both the minimalist and medieval
or Gothic elements in Pärt's compositions. Furthermore, I have shown how Pärt's style
differs from both medieval music and traditional minimalist music by composers such
as Reich, Glass, Adams, and Riley. In conjunction with this task, I have identified and
discussed in detail what Pärt calls 'tintinnabulation,' and how this technique is used
as process on which many of his compositions are based.
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