Dr. Shenton continues his scholarship on Arvo Pärt with a monograph on his choral and organ music. This will be the first major monograph in English devoted to Pärt’s work.
In The Choral and Organ Music of Arvo Pärt Shenton examines Pärt’s music by careful analysis of his compositional techniques. With reference to his entire output, he demonstrates how Pärt is literally re-sounding the music of a previous age in a contemporary reimagining. The text is specifically aimed at the listening experience. Pärt once said: “I could compare my music to white light, which contains all colors. Only a prism can divide the colors and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener.” By providing biographical context, analyses, and interpretation, this book will provide listeners with tools to be able to hear even more colors in this music. The proposed text will maintain an appropriate level of academic writing and critical engagement with the material but, at the same time, be of sufficient interest to a broad audience and written in a style that is comprehensible to the general reader. It is intended as a follow-up and partner to The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Pärt, and will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.
More details will be posted here as the book progresses towards publication.