The Estonian National Broadcasting and the Arvo Pärt Centre have released a new album with Arvo Pärt’s music for children.
Entitled “Songs from Childhood”, the album introduces a selection of children’s songs and piano pieces composed by Pärt for plays and animations between 1956 and 1970, with many previously unreleased pieces.
The recording of the album was initiated by the Estonian singer and conductor Kadri Hunt, as she wished to record Pärt’s children’s pieces with the Children’s Music Studio of Estonian Radio and to include them in the repertoire of Estonian children’s choirs.
Pärt also participated in the recording process, collaborating with composer Tauno Aints to create colourful new instrumental arrangements of songs that previously only existed as piano reductions or scores for film.
The sheet music of all songs will be published both with piano accompaniment and as ensemble versions by Universal Edition in collaboration with Estonia-based Arvo Pärt Centre, available in Estonian, in English and in German.
Cover photo: Arvo Pärt on his 80th birthday. Photo by Peeter Langovits.