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Spiritualität war ihm zeitlebens wichtig. Der estnische Komponist Arvo Pärt ist nicht nur musikalisch, sondern auch religiös auf der Suche. Interviews gibt der 81-Jährige nicht mehr. Er will seine Ruhe – und komponieren. Aber in alten Interviews, Zeitungsartikeln oder Musik-Reflexionen ist viel zu finden zur Frage: Wie hält Arvo Pärt es mit der Religion? – Von Burkhard Reinartz – DLF

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„D’Amor Ragionando“ – Ballate neostilnovo in Italia 1380-1415. Mala Punica, dir. Pedro Memelsdorff.

This version of Landini’s ballad is one that has been reworked by other composer(s) in the subtilitas spirit, a sophisticated pseudo-French aesthetic that reached Italy around 1380.

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for soprano, choir, 2 oboes, strings and continuo

Mária Zádori, soprano
Rheinische Kantorei – Das Kleine Konzert, Hermann Max.

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15th & 16th Century Polyphonic music. Cappella Pratensis is based out of the Dutch city of ’s-Hertogenbosch. Performed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. March 12, 2017.

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The Marian antiphon Salve Regina sung here by the Hilliard Ensemble’s counter-tenor David James. This performance, the performance by Henry’s Eight about which I wrote on November 26, 2013, and the performance by the child choristers of Salisbury Cathedral about which I wrote on July 15, 2013 are three performances of it as chant that I return to again and again.

There are many settings of it that I love and admire such as the stunningly beautiful setting by Mangon or De Victoria’s or Byrd’s settings but again and again I come back to the Chant in all its hauntingly beauty.- saturdaychorale

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Like digging for fossils or panning for gold, the research process can be a tedious affair. But for any researcher, long days of searching and reading will eventually result in discovery. These are the moments scholars cherish. It’s the chance discovery, however rare, that makes the long hours and bleary late nights worthwhile. And some finds can change an entire field. Such was the discovery of St. John’s College PhD student Giovanni Varelli, who, in 2014, found what is now believed to be, writes Cambridge University, “the earliest known practical example of polyphonic music,” …

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