Arvo Pärt - ‘Silentium’ from Tabula Rasa

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Silence is the pause in me when I am near to God.”

Once in a while, however, I come across a musical composition so beautiful it literally stops me in my tracks and I yearn to be eternally immersed in its essence. One such piece is “Silentium”, which forms the second movement of the Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa.

In an article in The New Yorker in December 2002, music critic Alex Ross) discussed the use of Tabula Rasa in palliative care for AIDS and cancer patients facing the end of their disease. Caretakers working with the AIDS patients would often be asked to play the "angel music," which was the dying patients’ name for the second movement of Tabula Rasa, "Silentium.”

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