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Katherine shares some of her favourite contemporary classics.
The Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is an extraordinarily reclusive yet successful musician. His 1978 piece 'Spiegel im Spiegel' is among his most famous compositions. Pärt started out as a composer by embracing many of the popular avant-garde musical approaches of the day. But in the late 1970s, he completely abandoned this approach. 'Spiegel im Spiegel' was one of his first musical demonstrations of his change of heart. ‘Some people call his music minimalist but I think it’s a lot closer to sacred traditions like Gregorian chant,’ says Katherine. ‘Slow moving, slowly developing themes that create a soul-stirring feeling for the listener.’
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