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a. an actor's role in a play
b. the speech and actions which make up such a role
c. a written copy of these
2. Anatomy any portion of a larger structure
3. a component that can be replaced in a machine, engine, etc.
4. Music
a. one of a number of separate melodic lines making up the texture of music
b. one of such melodic lines, which is assigned to one or more instrumentalists or singers
c. such a line performed from a separately written or printed copy



in music:

(1) A component of an orchestral, musical-dramatic, or ensemble work intended for performance by a particular voice or musical instrument. In opera, there are two ways of designating solo vocal parts: by the type of voice (for example, soprano part, bass part) and by the name of the hero of the opera (for example, the part of German in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades).

(2) A section of the exposition (and recapitulation) in the sonata form.


An element of a subassembly, not normally useful by itself and not amenable to further disassembly for maintenance purposes.


1. A dividing wall within a building; may be bearing or non-load-bearing.
2. In sound-transmission considerations, any building component (or a combination of components), such as a wall, door, window, roof, or floor-ceiling assembly, that separates one space from another.
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The prize can also be handed out for artwork with spiritual content, the Arvo Part Center said.
The Beginning of the Arvo Part Centre, and the Development of the Archive
According to cultured Record reader Mazza Fae Glasgow, some recent Shieldinch scenes threw up the question of whether that last snatch of classical was from the canon of Estonian composer Arvo Part or not.
Contributing to the generic designation are: an elderly, impoverished couple in the provinces; mystical nature; spare dialogue; handsome, slow pans; a painterly use of light; and Arvo Part.
Having heard both now, I can say that it's useful and appropriate to compare Lang with Arvo Part.
Junto con los norteamericanos John Adams y Philip Glass, y sobe todo el polaco Henryk Gorecki, el estonio Arvo Part (Paide, 1935) figura entre los musicos mas valiosos e interesantes dentro de la mas bien desigual corriente contemporanea minimalista.
Arvo Part inspires an arduously steamy pas de deux, and Stravinsky robustly accelerates the pace.
Pioneering minimalist composer Steve Reich (1936-) was fascinated by hocketing and canonic figures; the sacred music of Arvo Part (1935-) frequently barkens back specifically to the raw, open harmonies of late-medieval church music; George Crumb (1929-) wrote actual madrigals (albeit in a modern style) in the 1960s.
Along the way he discusses works by Robert Schumann, John Coltrane, and Arvo Part, as well as Jesus Christ Superstar.
Under the direction of Yale School of Music professor Jeffrey Douma, this year's tour program features works by Francisco Guerrero, Edvard Grieg, Sergey Rachmaninov, Arvo Part.
Arvo Part has set this text for a single voice singing the text in a very simple, repetitive, chord-outlining melody over the music of the eight cellos (or four violas and four cellos--both versions published).
Other composers represented include Anton Webern, Jeno Takacs, Gyorgy Kurtag and Arvo Part.