Arvo Part’s Fratres and his. Tintinnabuli Technique. By Rade Zivanovic. Supervisor. Knut Tønsberg. This Master‟s Thesis is carried out as a part of the education. Telarc’s Fratres-Fest proves beyond doubt that good basic material can be re- worked almost ad nauseam – if the manner of its arrangement is sufficiently. Fratres by Arvo Pärt is one of my favourite pieces of music. The analytical meets the aesthetical as Pärt takes us on a meditative, harmonical.

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Arvo Pärt: Fratres

Time and timelessness are connected. I suppose that for most collectors, the leading question will be: The eight-cello Fratres uses eerie harmonics as does the cello and piano version that ends the programmewhereas Fratres for wind octet and percussion is cold, baleful, notably Slavic-sounding and occasionally reminiscent of Stravinsky.

The technically demanding part of the solo instrument was added to the recurring three-part theme as a new layer, placing even more emphasis on the contrast between the changing and constant elements. I think that the “circular” step-wise motion is an effect, not a cause. Anonymous poster lft wrote: What a truly breathtaking composition!

But these constraints alone will not be enough to guide the middle voice, so instead we devise a new circle containing the three possible notes:. This basically means that some voices are restricted to playing notes from a particular triad in Fratres this is the A minor triadwhile other voices play melodies. Both these journeys begin at the indicated note, e.


These are accompanied throughout the entire composition by a resounding low drone of fifth. I hear it in a concert at Lent.

Next comes the gentle cascading of Part’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Brittenwith its weeping sequences and lone, tolling bell.

Here, it is performed by the Berlin Philharmonic cello section:. Thanks for this webpage!!! For the rising chords, we do the same procedure clockwise. I’m a little confused about the middle voice. Someone else, I believe, is saying that the synthetic timbres match the “unworldly chord progressions”, well, that is just exactly how I feel about it.

Between each pair of segments, a recurring, harmonically empty percussion motif — the refuge — offers a moment of contemplation before the next chord sequence.

Still, even here the music does eventually calm and Peter Manning provides an expressive solo commentary.

Fratres – Wikipedia

Fratre, in the first bar we get: The first Fratres opens to a low bass drone and chaste, ethereal strings: Do you know something about the religious sense? This rotation, two steps at a time, continues for the entire set of nine segments. Fratres is an elegant example of how mathematics can be beautiful and art can be mathematical. Note how the C sharp in the D minor scale contrasts with the C natural frattes the triad. I’ve been listening – 3 times now!

I’m including your notes along with the recordings I’ve been making for his half century birthday present! Listening to multiple incarnations back-to-back provides a unique experience. I’ve been searching in vain for a guitar tabulature for Fratres, does anyone have a version? For the eight falling chords the chords that build up fratrss first half of the first segmenteach voice simply moves around the circle, counter-clockwise, until it completes a full revolution at the eighth chord.


Skip to main content. The complex fraters many-faceted only confuses me, and I must search for unity. To achieve symmetry, this is done when we’ve come exactly half the way around the circle, i.

Good work Linus K’plah.

But – in the diagram for the middle voice, wouldn’t there be one less ‘A’ in pr very top of the circle – otherwise the falling half of the first segment would be A-A for the middle voice, when reading clockwise? It goes very deep into heart if you hear it in a church Very good mathematical description.

Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres” in Eight Versions

But I think that he was thinking in harmony, melody, and voice-leading. Everything makes sense, except for the how the middle voice progresses.

As mentioned, the middle voice will only play notes from the A minor triad. Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. We can only speculate, but my personal theory is this: Part is certainly one of my favourite composers, and this piece along with those on his ‘Miserere’ album really go a long way to showing his genius.