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Between Two Sounds: Arvo Pärt's Journey to His Musical Language

Joonas Sildre

Between Two Sounds follows the life of world-famous composer Arvo Pärt from his birth in Estonia in 1935 through 1980, when the Soviets forced him to emigrate because of the nonconformist and religious nature of his music. Based on years of research and close collaboration with Arvo Pärt himself, Joonas Sildre paints an atmospheric portrait of a restless artist who does not shy away from confronting state control or his own internal contradictions.

Arvo Pärt stormed the Soviet music scene in the 1960s as a brash young man pushing the limits of avant-garde modernism. Then he fell silent, no longer able to express what he felt through the musical language he had inherited. When he reemerged a decade later, he had found, in that silence between sounds, a new musical language inspired by ancient sacred music, the basis of his distinctive tintinnabuli technique. This graphic novel, originally published in Estonian, will appeal not just to fans of Arvo Pärt's music but to anyone who has known the struggle to remain true to oneself whatever the cost.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Plough Publishing House
  • Publish Date: Sep 3rd, 2024
  • Pages: 224
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9781636081342
  • Categories: Nonfiction - Biography & MemoirMusicIndividual Composer & Musician

About the Author

Cullen, Adam: - Adam Cullen is a freelance translator of Estonian prose, poetry, and drama.
Sildre, Joonas: - Joonas Sildre is an Estonian comic artist, illustrator, and graphic designer who has illustrated over thirty books.
Praise for this book

"Joonas Sildre employs an imaginative and narrative force in his clear, reduced images - images that exploit empty space in the way Arvo Pärt's music exploits silence." --Nick Sternitzke, WRD 3

"This book is an invitation to understand Arvo Pärt and his seemingly simple compositions, which have baffled the music critics but cast a spell over audiences." --Ralf Julke, Leipziger Zeitung

"This extraordinary book, with its interplay of calm and dynamic, goes along well with Pärt's music. It brings fans closer to Arvo Pärt as a person and will make the uninitiated curious." --Dorothea Husslein, SWR 2

"For fans a thoroughly successful homage and for others a very good introduction that invites you to step into the magical cathedrals of Pärt's music." --Thomas Böhm, Radio Eins
"Sildre finds exciting ways to graphically depict music that shouldn't be missed." --Casten Jaehner, Comic Couch
"Pärt seeks silence in music, and Sildre creates this silence in the pictures." --Gregor Lilla, Élet és Irodalom