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Arvo's Telescope

Arvo Part - Fur Alina


This is what can come when you are looking for something -- a real search -- and music is your telescope.

This tiny little piece, just two short pages of notation, is wonderfully rich. I have been playing through it over and over again this last week. It is absolutely strange how much subtlety is contained in it.



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Reader Comments (4)

A moving and inspiring film. Thanks for posting this, Trey.

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWill Cruttenden

... earlier in the week I went out and bought the sheet music too. The lady at the music shop looked at it and said, "Ah, Part, he's a funny one."

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWill Cruttenden

This piece has been featured in over a half-dozen films. The one I've seen, which I found enormously moving and haunting, is Gus Van Sant's "Gerry." With its skeletal plot, near-absence of dialogue, and reliance on environmental sounds and visual landscapes providing the rhythms which drive the movie, it appears to have been designed for a very small but appreciative audience who likely also enjoys the cinematic journeyings of Tarkovsky and Tarr.

May 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlan Willoughby

"Everytime I feel I have to start from scratch." This keeps us in a state of presence, open to whatever presents itself and alive in the moment. Musicians must live this. With my work as a photographer this is what I enjoy most.

June 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKram Namloc

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