MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

The Contemporary Sublime

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My program essay for the LA Master Chorale’s final program of the season have now been posted:

That frisson moment: it might be the dimming of the lights preceding the curtain’s ascent, the split second of blankness before a film’s establishing shot,   the conscious focus on the upbeat of silence that ushers in a musical performance. Few contemporary composers have mastered the secret of this moment – the   limitless mystery it contains – as effectively as Arvo Pärt. “Silence is like fertile soil,” Pärt has said, “which, as it were, awaits our   creative act, our seed.”

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