SOUND + SCULPTURE: Pärt and Rodin

 Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Gloria descends solemnly, in his 1990 work of “holy minimalism,” the Berliner Messe (or Berlin Mass) while sculptor Auguste Rodin’s Torso of a Centauress ascends.


 

July 19th, 2016  by M. Elise Hillestad

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Gloria descends solemnly, in his 1990 work of “holy minimalism,” the Berliner Messe (or Berlin Mass) while sculptor Auguste Rodin’s Torso of a Centauress ascends.  The fragment of female figure, part human and part animal, is roughly sculpted from earth but with gloriously classical proportions. In this image her head is thrust upwards, linking the earthly to the divine. Enjoy the contrast and simultaneous beauty- play the video below to hear Pärt’s Berliner Messe: Gloria while you view Rodin’s sculpture in this first installment of the Sound + Sculpture series.

 

 

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