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Pope Francis awards Arvo Pärt with the Ratzinger Prize

On 18 November, Pope Francis presented the Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, the Ratzinger Prize in the Vatican. The Ratzinger Prize is designed to honour outstanding individuals for their research in theology and adjacent sciences, or for their religious artwork. Instigated by Pope Benedict XVI, born Joseph Ratzinger, the foundation has …

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Washington Post names Anu Tali as one of the female conductors to watch

The Washington Post has named Estonian Anu Tali as one of the “female conductors to watch”. The DC-based newspaper compiled a list of eleven female conductors around the world, saying these women “are following in the footsteps of Marin Alsop, JoAnn Faletta, Simone Young, Jane Glover and others, to establish …

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Arvo Pärt’s music a “deathbed favourite”, a Scottish study says

According to the investigation conducted by a Scotland-based theatre company, the music of the Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, is a preferred choice by patients in the end-of-life care. Two Scottish theatre companies, Vanishing Point and string orchestra Scottish Ensemble, have explored the role of Tabula Rasa, a masterpiece written by …

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Arvo Pärt wins the Ratzinger Prize

The Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, the world’s most performed living composer, has been honoured with the Ratzinger Prize, presented in the Vatican. The Joseph Ratzinger Foundation, also known as the Pope Benedict XVI Foundation in the Vatican, has announced that in addition to outstanding theologians, the winners of this year’s …

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Svetlana Savenko: Arvo Pärt’s work is fundamentally innovative

Hele-Mai Poobus interviews the Russian musicologist, Svetlana Savenko, on the Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt. Svetlana Savenko is a musicologist, teacher and a singer. She graduated cum laude from the Moscow State Conservatory, majoring in music theory under Juri Holopov; the topic of her 2002 PhD thesis was “The World of …

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Estonia’s Youth Song and Dance Celebration creates a thrill in Tallinn

Almost 40,000 young singers and dancers gather to the Estonian capital to take part in the 12th Youth Song and Dance Celebration, lauding the connection between the younger generation, their homeland, their culture and the older generation – their roots. The tradition of the Estonian song celebrations dates back to …

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