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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. 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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That would be too dissonant.

Horizontally, ten refuges separate nine segments. Everything makes sense, except for the how the middle voice progresses. I’ve found some sheet music but I’m so bad at reading them, I can’t translate it reliably: Each segment can be further divided into two halves: I am not responsible for what people other than myself write in the forums. By choosing to duplicate the C in the middle voice circle, one prevents the piece from tilting too far towards A major.

In my dark hours, I have the certain feeling that everything outside this one thing has no meaning. The following picture illustrates the refuges and segments as a terribly long pedestrian crossing. I came here as a result of this thread on reddit: The recording was part of a birthday present gifted to me Leo’s mother nearly quarter of a century ago.

Fratres – Wikipedia

It was premiered in at the festival, performed by Gidon and Elena Kremer. Genres Instrumental chamber music: Frztres for the in-depth information on Fratres! For the rising chords, we do the same procedure clockwise. Share Facebook Twitter Share. Gidon Kremer arvvoKeith Jarrett piano. This is an interesting analysis. I work with very few elements — with one voice, with two voices.


We can only speculate, but my personal theory is this: If we did that, then the middle voice would end up playing C natural at the same fratre as another voice would be playing C sharp.

This rotation, two steps at a time, continues for the entire set of nine segments. Much like the international date line in the pacific ocean, we add a seam, where the notes get transposed one octave.

Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres” in Eight Versions

But arbo in the diagram for the middle voice, wouldn’t there be one less ‘A’ in the very top of the circle – otherwise the falling half of the first segment would be A-A for the middle voice, when reading clockwise?

Fratres was rratres composed as three-part music without fixed instrumentation that can be performed with various instruments.

In any case, I strongly recommend you to listen to the entire piece at least once before reading on. All right, but why not double the other C group, the one paft the upper right part of the circle?

In a sense, they develop an intuitive feeling for what comes next in the sequence. Fratres also exists as three-part music with added variations for the solo instrument. Now I want to find out all the other versions of this piece of music.


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. What is it, this one thing, and how do I find my way to it? Commissioned by Salzburger Festspiele This gradual awakening, whether intended by the composer or not, is perhaps what fascinates me most about Fratres. And that is why I call it tintinnabulation.

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. I’ll be playing it in a concert and would like to include this information in my programme notes. Within each segment half, three voices combine to play a sequence of chords. 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.

Just wondering, your thoughts appreciated. Tintinnabulation is an area I sometimes wander into when I am searching for answers — in my life, my music, my work. This is one of the last ‘real’ homepages. The low voice starts at C.

Send this to a friend Your email Recipient email Send Cancel. That is what the remainder of this article will focus on.