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: Fratres

The highest virtue of music, for me, lies outside of its mere sound. Listening to multiple incarnations back-to-back provides a unique experience. The three notes of a triad are like bells.

Traces of this perfect thing appear in many guises — and everything that is unimportant falls away. If it were, I would be surrendering to the essence of the music. I build with the most primitive materials — with the triad, with one specific tonality.

Tintinnabulation is an area I sometimes wander into when I am searching for answers — in my life, my music, my work. Music must exist of itself frares two, three notes … the essence must be there, independent of the instruments. Notify me of new posts by email. The particular timbre of an instrument is part of the music, but it is not the most important element.


This instant and eternity are struggling within us.

Fratres – Wikipedia

An interesting new fraatres 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. Here, it is performed by the Berlin Philharmonic cello section:.

Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres” in Eight Versions

Notify me of follow-up comments by email. In my dark hours, I have the certain feeling that everything outside this one thing has no meaning. This one note, or a moment of silence, comforts me.

Some striking dissonances between the drone and the other voices come out in this version:. Time and timelessness are connected. The complex and many-faceted only confuses me, and I must search for unity. Its meditative mysticism recalled the timeless serenity of Renaissance polyphony while arriving at a place which was completely new.

What is it, this one thing, and how do I find my way to it? I work with very few elements — fatres one voice, with two voices.


And this is the cause of all of our contradictions, our obstinacy, our narrow-mindedness, our faith and our grief. Send this to a friend Your email Recipient email Send Cancel. The same persistent, eternal message seems to be finding voice in multiple messengers.