• Arvo Pärt
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    A Plea for Peace: Arvo Pärt’s Tractus

    Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s latest album, Tractus, emerges as a soothing refuge, echoing a comforting sentiment: “In troubled times, music can help.” At 88, Pärt’s serene compositions, embraced by a diverse audience including Björk, Michael Stipe, and Keanu Reeves, offer solace beyond classical boundaries. The opening track, “Littlemore Tractus,” serves as a prayer for support and peace, resonating with a timeless calmness. Pärt’s minimalist approach, valuing the power of silence, is evident in pieces like “Sequentia,” where tinkling bells and delicate strings breathe, creating moments of profound stillness. Amidst the tranquility, “L’abbé Agathon” stands as a potent parable, narrating the ancient tale of a compassionate abbot. Pärt’s music subtly echoes…