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Beauty's resonance: the power of music and art in times of turmoil

In a world teetering on the edge of chaos, the power of music to transcend suffering and isolation shines as a beacon of hope. For Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, and Mieczysław Weinberg, composing is not merely an artistic endeavour but an intimate and emotional refuge that helps to navigate the turbulent waters of the 20th century.

Alfred Schnittke's compositions, marked by dissonance and fragmentation, mirror his alienation in a politically repressive Soviet Union. Isolated and often misunderstood, his music echoes a life besieged by physical and emotional suffering, yet it also reflects an indomitable spirit that persevered.

The same resilience is found in Mieczysław Weinberg, a soul profoundly scarred by the Holocaust and the anti-Semitic horrors of Europe. His flight from Poland to the Soviet Union during World War II was marked by personal loss and isolation. Yet, his music speaks of strength and the indomitable human spirit's ability to discover beauty amidst the bleakest of times.

Arvo Pärt, a master of minimalism, deliberately embraced isolation as a path to personal transformation. Offering solace and peace, his music is a testament to the power of the human mind and spirituality as a response to pain and uncertainty.

As we traverse the emotional landscapes crafted by these three composers and contemplate the resilience of the human spirit, beauty emerges as the ultimate consolation, inviting us to reflect on its profound role in our lives.

Searching for beauty, answers to the most profound questions emerge. Finding it, we transcend the mundane and enter a world of inner harmony and peace, with our souls in awe at the glimpse of the sublime.

Text by: Maja Pirš

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