I love having a brother studying music and composition and conducting right in the heart of Boston. It means he gets to hear reams of celestial sounding music and then eventually, I do to. When Joel is home on break, I always end up with a few new composers. One of my favories from this trip is Arvo Part. An Estonian composer, he writes music that is a mixture of sacred and modern classical. I find myself immediately stopped by the strains of his music. This cantus is a world of its own, to hear it is to enter it, even for a brief instant.
Joel said (I couldn’t hope to phrase it more elegantly), “it’s very affecting music. It deeply affects you just to hear it. It’s fearful, in an awe-inspiring sort of way because every note is so charged with meaning.”
I hope you love it as we have.