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 – The Listeners’ Club
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 primitive materials — with the triad, with one specific tonality. The three notes of frxtres triad are like bells.
And that afvo why I call it tintinnabulation. Tintinnabulation is an area I sometimes wander into when I am searching for answers — in my life, my music, my work. In my dark hours, I have the certain feeling that everything outside this one thing has no meaning. The complex and many-faceted only confuses me, and I must search for unity. What is it, this one thing, and how do I find my way to it? Traces of this perfect thing appear in many guises — and everything that is unimportant falls away.
Time and timelessness are connected.
This instant and eternity are struggling within us. And this is the cause of all of our contradictions, our obstinacy, our narrow-mindedness, our faith and our grief. Its meditative mysticism recalled the timeless serenity of Renaissance polyphony while arriving at a place which was completely new.
The highest virtue of music, for me, lies outside of its mere sound. The particular timbre of an instrument is part of the music, but it is not the most important element. If it were, I would be surrendering to the essence of the music. Music must exist of itself … two, fraters notes … the essence must be there, independent of the instruments. Built on a constant open fifth A-E drone, the entire piece is delicately poised somewhere between A major and minor.
Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres” in Eight Versions
Listening to multiple incarnations back-to-back provides a unique experience. The same persistent, eternal message seems to be finding voice in multiple messengers.
Here, it is performed by the Berlin Philharmonic cello section:. An interesting new set of overtones arises when the piece is transferred to winds:.
Fratres – Wikipedia
Some striking dissonances between the drone and the other voices come out in this version:. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Send this to a friend Your email Recipient email Send Cancel.