This book is perhaps most valuable as an in-depth study of Pärt's attempt to 'learn how to walk again as a composer' ... Hillier gives a most illuminating account of Pärt's determination to pare down and reconstruct both his musical ideas and his technique ... This book is the best possible refutation of the notion that Pärt's music is a simple remortgaging of a past musical idiom. (Peter Quinn, Tempo 202
The first English-language book devoted to Pärt ... Hillier is especially qualified to speak on Pärt's work ... the book also provides an apt amount of biographical scene setting. (Billboard, 5 July 1997
a detailed work-by-work study by a leading expert who knows the composer, fleshed out with biographical details and useful appendices; there are copious music examples ... a highly detailed text which veers between analytical charts and more straightforward descriptive writing (Gramophone, September 1997
About the Author
Paul Hillier is Professor of Music at the University of California, Davis. He has made over forty recordings as a singer and conductor and is the editor of 300 Years of Partsongs, English Romantic Partsongs (OUP), The Catch Book (OUP), and Le Beau Ballet d'Amour.