Fratres. 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 journey. I love this piece, and would love to learn how to play it, however, for any who has played it, I have some questions. How difficult is this piece?. Fratres – cello ensemble (full score). Arvo Part Instrumentation: Cello Ensemble Festliche Intrade, Interludium und LobVocal (Cello/Double Bass Part). $

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Fratres Sheet Music By Arvo Part – Sheet Music Plus

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 primitive materials — with the triad, with one specific tonality.

The three notes of a triad are like bells. And that is why I call it tintinnabulation.

Fratres: cello-piano

Tintinnabulation is an area I sometimes wander into when I am searching for answers — in my life, my celoo, my work. In my dark hours, I have the certain feeling that everything outside this one thing has no meaning. The complex and many-faceted only confuses me, and I must search for unity.


What is it, this one thing, and how do I find my way to it? Traces of this perfect thing appear in many guises — and everything fgatres is unimportant falls away. Time and timelessness are connected.

This instant and eternity are struggling within us. 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 fratdes. The highest virtue of music, for me, lies outside of its mere sound.

The particular timbre of an instrument is part of the music, but it is not the most important element. If it were, I would be surrendering to the essence of the music.


Music must exist of itself … two, three notes … the essence must be there, independent fratrez the instruments. Built on a constant open fifth A-E drone, the entire piece is delicately poised somewhere between A major and minor.


Listening to multiple incarnations back-to-back provides a unique experience. The same persistent, eternal message seems to be finding voice in multiple messengers.

Here, it is performed by the Berlin Philharmonic cello section:. An interesting new set of overtones arises when the piece is transferred to winds:. Some striking dissonances between the drone and the other voices come out in this version:.

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