ARVO FRATRES PDF

This one note, or a moment of silence, comforts me. I work with very few elements – with one voice, with two voices. I build with the most.

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Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres” in Eight Versions

This instant and eternity are struggling within us. Notify me of new posts by email. Listening to multiple incarnations back-to-back provides a unique experience. I build with the most primitive materials — with the triad, with one specific tonality.

Fratres – Wikipedia

Music must exist of itself … two, three notes … the essence must be there, independent of the instruments. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

The particular timbre of an instrument is part of the music, but it is not the most important element. In my dark hours, I have the certain feeling that everything outside this one thing has no meaning. Send this to a friend Your email Recipient email Send Cancel.

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The highest virtue of music, for me, lies outside of its mere sound. An interesting new set of overtones arises when the piece is transferred to winds:. Built on a constant open fifth A-E drone, the entire piece is delicately poised somewhere between A major and minor.

And that is why I call it tintinnabulation. Some striking dissonances between the drone and the other voices come out in this version:.

Arvo Pärt: Fratres

Its meditative mysticism recalled the timeless serenity of Renaissance polyphony while arriving at a place which arov completely new. Traces of this perfect thing appear in many guises — and everything that is unimportant falls away.

The three notes of a triad are like bells. The same persistent, eternal message seems to be finding voice in multiple messengers. Tintinnabulation is an area I sometimes wander into when I am searching for answers — in my life, my music, my work.

And this is the cause of all of our contradictions, our obstinacy, our narrow-mindedness, our faith and our grief. This one note, or a moment of silence, comforts me. The complex and many-faceted only confuses me, and I must search for unity.

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I work with very few elements — with one voice, with two voices. What qrvo it, this one thing, and how do I find my way to it? Here, it is performed by the Berlin Philharmonic cello section:.

If it were, I would be surrendering to the essence of the music. Time and timelessness are connected.