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Arvo Pärt: does he belong among the greats?

Having passed the 80-year mark, Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is entering the tiny pantheon of Designated Great Living Composers – and there’s no more unlikely candidate in the 21st century.

Understated, meditative, and full of (hopefully) meaningful silences, Pärt’s ascetic music is among the most-played of any composer in the world.

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