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