“This is a resurrection for purity from impurity,” says Arvo Pärt. He was talking about the use of dissonance and open fifths, and by extension, the difference between tonality and atonality. Pärt is Orthodox and writes Orthodox music–Christian music, understanding that Christ is all in all and that nothing is outside Him or us-in-Him. Like Bach before him, Pärt understands that music means something, that intervals and tonal relationship affect the hearer and are not neutral things, but spiritual and real.
So who is this guy? Listen to this piece and read this article–and buy his music.