"This volume is long overdue. Although the music of Arvo Pärt has been readily embraced by audiences, listeners and licensees (providing the soundtrack to many Hollywood films and YouTube clips), the Estonian-born composer has yet to enter the academic press. Joining an august catalog of previous composers and genre companions from [Cambridge], Andrew Shenton's volume is a persuasive act of stimulation and provocation."
"This collection, complete with suitable appendixes, is a major contribution to the literature on this important composer."
"Part's burgeoning popularity might easily have been taken as an excuse to rebadge old Part scholarship in anticipation of a wider audience, but that pitfall has happily been avoided. The diversity of contributor backgrounds and the plurality of critical perspectives on offer only increase the importance of this welcome new volume."
Christopher J. May, Project Muse
"... furnishes a fascinating portrait of the composer as a "cosmopolitan persona of global renown" ..."
Scott Ordway, MAKE Literary Magazine
Arvo Pärt is one of the most influential and widely performed contemporary composers. Written by an international team of scholars and performers, this is an essential guide to Pärt's music, which covers his biography, his philosophy of music and the spiritual aspect of his work, and analyzes his extraordinary tintinnabuli music.