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Arvo Part. The world's most performed living composer for sixth year running / estonian world

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The Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, has, for the sixth year in a row, been given the title of the "world's most performed living composer" by the classical music event database, Bachtrack, Estonian World can disclose. Bachtrack calculates a series of statistics each year that show the number of times the work of each composer has been performed, along with information regarding the "hardest-working" conductors, orchestras and most performed individual works.

Three compositions by Pärt featured in the "top 10 contemporary works" list: "Nunc dimittis", "The Deer's Cry", and "Fratres". The most performed composer overall was Ludwig van Beethoven and most performed work Beethoven's Symphony no. 5. Pärt's music performed all over the world In September, Arvo Pärt celebrated his 81st birthday with a new album launch. Called "The Deer's Cry", the album features the composer's vocal pieces performed by Estonian vocal ensemble Vox Clamantis and conducted by Jaan-Eik Tulve. "Pärt's music is universal, and I think its message is received by Estonians much in the same way as any other people. But what makes it special for Estonians is the fact that he's ‘one of us'. I've always been moved by the loving way people look at him, whether in a concert hall or on the street," Tulve said on Pärt.

Top 10 contemporary composers

Arvo Pärt
John Williams
John Adams
Gyvörgy Kurtág
Steve Reich
Philip Glass
James MacMillan
Jörg Widmann
Luca Luciano
Eric Whitacre

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