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<quote markup="wikipedia">Tabula Rasa is a musical composition written in 1977, by the Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt. The piece contains two movements, "Ludus," and "Silentium," and is a double concerto for two solo violins, prepared piano, and chamber orchestra.</quote>
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<text>Pärt turned again to self-imposed silence, but re-emerged in 1976 after a transformation so radical as to make his previous music almost unrecognisable as that of same composer. The technique he invented, or discovered, and to which he has remained loyal, practically without exception, he calls "tintinnabuli" (from the Latin, little bells), which he describes thus:

 

<quote on="tintinnabulation" by="Arvo Pärt">"I have discovered that it is enough when a single note is beautifully played. This one note, or a silent beat, or a moment of silence, comforts me. I work with very few elements --with one voice, two voices. I build with primitive materials --with the triad, with one specific tonality. The three notes of a triad are like bells and that is why I call it tintinnabulation."</quote>

 

The basic guiding principle behind tintinnabulation of composing two simultaneous voices as one line --one voice moving stepwise from and to a central pitch, first up then down, and the other sounding the notes of the triad-- made its first public appearance in the short piano piece, Für Alina.</text>

 

<ref for="tintinnabulation" at="http://www.arvopart.org/tintinnabulation.html">tintinnabulation by David E. Pinkerton II</ref>

 

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'Arvo Pärt' (ˈɑrvo ˈpært; born 11 September 1935) is an Estonian composer of classical music and sacred music.<ref>[http://www.answers.com/topic/arvo-p-rt Arvo Part Answers]</ref> Since the late 1970s, Pärt has worked in a <music_genres at="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Music_genres">minimalist</music_genres> style that employs his self-invented compositional technique, <musical_techniques at="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Musical_techniques"><eidetic_difference>tintinnabuli</eidetic_difference></musical_techniques>. His music is in part inspired by <song_forms at="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Song_forms">Gregorian chant</song_forms>.</quote>
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<title>David Pinkerton's Arvo Pärt Information Archive</title>
<description>"The Arvo Pärt Information Archive is devoted to
research, analysis, and appreciation of the music of Estonian
composer Arvo Pärt"</description><url>http://www.arvopart.org/</url><features url="http://www.arvopart.org/glossary.html">Glossary of Terms</features>
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