A study of Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten by Arvo Pärt

Arvo Pärt (pronounced "pairt") was born in Estonia in 1935. Although at that time Estonia was a nascent independent republic, the Soviet Union took control of it in 1940, and stayed except for a brief period under the Nazis, for the next 54 years. Pärt's musical education began at age 7, and by 14 or 15 he was writing his own compositions. While studying composition at the Tallinn Conservatory it was said of him that: "he just seemed to shake his sleeves and notes would fall out". [1]


[1] Hillier, P. Arvo Pärt. (Oxford : University Press, 1997). p27.