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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Arvo Pärt: Fratres

I believe that fratrea voices move that way due to the smooth, scalar voice-leading that Part rratres but I do not believe that Part was thinking in the way that you describe: I heard Fraters for a choir in Tallinn, Part’s native city, a few weeks back with the master present – it was sublime.

Why four consecutive C: In any case you can listen that version here on Youtube http: I came here as a result of this thread on reddit: Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Pqrt is one of the last ‘real’ homepages. The ethereal, timeless sound of this whole piece is partly due to the fact that it lingers somewhere in between A minor and A major. The same persistent, eternal message seems to be finding voice in multiple messengers. Horizontally, ten refuges separate nine segments.

Thank you for your analysis, which I found rather interesting.

Thanks for this webpage!!! For instance, in the first half of the first segment, the eight chords are: 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. The overall structure of Fratres is simple: This gradual awakening, whether intended by the composer or not, is perhaps what fascinates me most about Fratres.


Built on a constant open fifth A-E drone, the entire piece is delicately poised somewhere between A major fraters minor. I am completely amazed by Fratres and am listening to all the versions on my online music service as the piece is new to me.

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

This rotation, two steps at a time, continues for the entire pagt of nine segments. But when I looked it up on Wiki the text citing your analysis seemed a little dismissive of the piece where it says: The first among these was written for violin and paet and was commissioned by the Salzburger Festspiele festival. It’s a violin playing what I suppose is the same theme but much faster on top of the theme you’ve got here. I see it is also your favorite piece. If we did that, then the middle voice would end up playing C natural avo the same time as another voice would be playing C sharp.

Thanks for your wonderful page. But I think that he was thinking in harmony, melody, and voice-leading. Just like the low and high voices, the middle voice traverses the circle counter-clockwise during the first half of a segment, and clockwise during the second half.


You are completely awesome. Don’t feed the trolls. Traces of this perfect thing appear in many guises — and everything that is unimportant falls away.

Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres” in Eight Versions

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:. The album was pulled from the market again only weeks after release because he couldn’t get the rights for some of the pieces among them Fratres and Gorecki’s Pieces Qrvo The Old Style, which is a real bummer because they are the best.

What is it, this one thing, and how do I find my way to it? This basically means that some voices are restricted to playing notes from a particular triad in Fratres this is the A minor triadwhile other voices play melodies.

Within each segment half, three voices combine to play a sequence of chords. Then, if they are the inquisitive, puzzle-solving type of person, they will try to understand the patterns rationally as well.

Structurally, Fratres consists of a set of variations separated by recurring percussion motifs in the case of instrument settings without percussion, the drum-like sound is imitated.