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. 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. 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.

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An interesting new set of overtones arises when the piece is transferred to winds:. Genres Instrumental chamber music: 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 wrvo and constant elements. The low voice starts at C. The high and low voices, however, play notes from the harmonic D minor scale. I fratees your analysis I’ve been listening – 3 times now!

Part is certainly one fartres my favourite composers, and this piece along with those on his ‘Miserere’ album really go a long way to showing his genius. This rotation, two steps at a time, continues for the entire set of nine segments. Rather than A-C, which sounds correct.

I work with very few elements — with one voice, with two voices. This instant and eternity are struggling within us. Don’t feed the trolls. Fratres is an elegant example of how mathematics can be beautiful and art can be mathematical. It’s a violin playing what I suppose is the same theme but much faster on top of the theme you’ve got here.


To achieve symmetry, this is done when we’ve come exactly half the way around the circle, i. The following picture illustrates the refuges and segments as a terribly long pedestrian crossing.

That is what the remainder of this article will focus on.

I just love pages like this on the internet. Thanks for this webpage!!! Thanks for your wonderful page. We padt forward to seeing you again on 2 January. The same persistent, eternal message seems to be finding voice in multiple messengers.

I’ve found some sheet music but I’m so bad at reading them, I can’t translate it reliably: I just want to extend my heartfelt thanks for this beautiful rendition of Fratres. Avro to multiple incarnations back-to-back provides a unique experience.

The first half consists of falling chords, and the second half consists of rising chords. Built on a constant open fifth Fratrfs drone, the entire piece is delicately poised somewhere between A major and minor. I hope Lukas from Prague doesn’t read this last sentence about how my former favorite version was the one for male voices and cellos by the Schola Gregoriana Pragensis.

Fratres – Arvo Pärt Centre

As a physicist, I relish in illuminating to non technical people how mathematics and art are so enmeshed. You can also think of pxrt falling half of the passage as each bar in retrograde, seems simpler. Of course, I don’t know that for a parf, and again I don’t mean to criticize your analysis–only to point out that perhaps Part was thinking in “math,” from which you have distilled an interesting “equation. The middle voice in the chords is also restricted in this way, so it will only ever play A, C or E in some octave.


Traces of this perfect thing appear in many guises — and everything that is unimportant falls away.

For the rising chords, we do the same procedure clockwise. I love it – and I suspected something of the sort – but I had no idea just how exquisite was the nature of the composition.

Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres” in Eight Versions

Someone else, I believe, is saying aprt the synthetic timbres match the “unworldly chord progressions”, well, that is just exactly how I feel about it. It has been used in numerous movie soundtracks and dance shows.

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:. Maybe its just the diagram that’s wrong In my dark hours, I have the certain feeling that everything outside this one thing has no meaning.

Arvo Pärt: Fratres | Great Noise Ensemble

The overall structure of Fratres is simple: That version too can be performed by fatres instrument combinations, such as a saxophone quartet or four percussionists among many others. Furthermore, the middle voice will by definition play in between the other two voices.

Thanks for the in-depth information on Fratres!

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