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Thesis 1

Thesis Title: An Analysis of Arvo Part's 'Litany'
Degree Type: MA
Degree Specialism: Musicology
Supervisor(s): Paul Collins
Thesis Status: Accepted
Date Submitted / Accepted: 2004
Institution Submitting / Submitted To: Mary Immaculate College, UL
Abstract: This study begins with a short biographical overview of Arvo Part's life up until the beginnings of his self-titled 'tintinnabuli' style of 1976. The study develops the similarities between tintinnabuli and aspects of Western chant and medieval polyphony. The thesis culminates with a detailed analysis of 'Litany - Prayers of St. John Chrysostom for Each Hour of the Day and Night Litany' is the only work to date in which Part uses full orchestra with choir/soloists, and became for him a test as to how his style of composition within the tintinnabuli system could hold up on such an expansive level.

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