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21st century

Baroque

Classical

Romantic

20th century

21st century

Solo repertoire

Piccolo

Alto flute

Bass flute

Pärt Arvo

Connesson, Guillaume

Desenne, Paul

Ittzés, Gergely

Pärt, Arvo

Pattillo, Greg

Price, William Roger

Schwantner, Joseph

Sollberger, Harvey

Somma, Victor

Vasks, Pēteris

Woolf, Randall

Estländler

Estländler

By Pärt Arvo

Estländler for Flute solo was written in 2006 by "comission" of a young girl who was studying flute at that time and completed for the birthday of a girl called Frauke, an elementary school classmate of the composer’s older son Immanuel.
The title of this piece was created from a dance-like character in ¾ meter from the Austrian folk dance, Ländler, but with the play on words – Est and Länd(l)er – the composer makes a reference to his homeland Estonia (or Estland, in German).

Emmanuel Pahud

Parlophone Records, 2018

Estländler

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Pärt Arvo

Arvo Pärt (1935) is one of the most famous Estonian composers of the the 20th and 21st century. Born in a small Estonian town Paide, young boy started to study piano with Ille Martin in Rakvere and Veljo Tormis in Tallinn.
Even he graduated the Tallinn Conservatoire as a composer, having produced several piano works and Symphony No. 1, he worked as a sound engineer at the Estonian Radio for 10 years, exposing himself to contemporary music by Eino Tamberg, Veljo Tormis, and Jaan Rääts and styles of neoclassicism, dodecaphony, serialism, sonorism, collage technique and aleatoricism. During that period he produced modern works inspired by Baroque music and quotes from J.S.Bach compositions (e.g. Collage über B-A-C-H).
Many of his works were heavely criticized since Estonia were part of the USSR at that time and his music, used text and embeded message in them were considered dangerous by Soviet regime. Since 1967 Pärt pursued his career as a freelance composer, producing soundracks for many Estonian movies and animated films at that time.
This period often is called "period of crisis" during which he finally renunciate the modernist techniques and radically changed his musical style to quest of self-exploration, immersing himself in studying Gregorian chant, the Notre Dame School and Renaissance polyphony. Year 1976 marked the beginning of his original musical language, which he called tintinnabuli (from tintinnabulum – Latin for ’little bell’), producing such profound compositions as Fratres (1977), Tabula rasa (1977) and Spiegel im Spiegel (1978). In 1980 he was forced to emigrate to Vienna with his family, and later to Berlin where he lived for almost 30 years, producing world-known compositions like Stabat Mater (1985), Te Deum (1985), Miserere (1989/1992) etc. He returned to his native Estonia in 2010 where his birthday has been celebrated each year at National level, attracting world's class performers all around the world. In 2010 the Arvo Pärt Centre was established in Laulasmaa, containing his personal archive.