A Grammy-Winning Composer Saving the World through Beauty

Jun 28, 2014 Comment(s) Tags: ,

Prince Myskin, a character in Dostoevsky’s novel The Idiot, is famous for claiming that “beauty will save the world.”

The prince would have loved Arvo Pärt, a Grammy-winning artist and Orthodox Christian from Estonia, who is currently the most performed choral composer in the world.

Fr John Behr, Dean of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, has called Pärt’s music one of the greatest examples of Orthodox “evangelism” and engagement with culture in modern times. “The music of Arvo Pärt,” he said, “has enabled countless people of a variety of different backgrounds to hear the divine harmonies and silences of Orthodox spirituality.”

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring some of Pärt’s works, with notes about their Orthodox influence.

For now, listen to the YouTube video above of “Spiegel im Spiegel,” one of Pärt’s most famous compositions — and let us know what you think.

Photo credit: Mendelsson Club of Philadelphia (http://www.mcchorus.org/wp/archives/2106)

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