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

This is possible using the basic principle of the tintinnabuli technique, where the musical material does not necessarily have to be tied to the timbre of a specific instrument. Structurally, Fratres consists of a set of variations separated by recurring frstres motifs in the case of instrument settings without percussion, the drum-like sound is imitated.


Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres” in Eight Versions

Throughout the composition we can hear a recurrent theme that starts each time in a different octave. We can clearly recognise three voices: These are accompanied throughout the entire composition by a resounding low drone of fifth.

Fratres also exists as three-part music with added variations for the solo instrument. The first among parg was written for violin and piano and was commissioned by the Salzburger Festspiele festival.

It was premiered in at the festival, performed by Gidon and Elena Kremer. 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.

That version too can be performed by various instrument combinations, such as a saxophone quartet or four percussionists among many others. It has been used in numerous movie soundtracks and dance shows.

Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres” in Eight Versions – The Listeners’ Club

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Gidon Kremer violinKeith Jarrett piano. Commissioned by Salzburger Festspiele Genres Instrumental chamber music: Share Facebook Twitter Share.