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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Traces of this perfect thing appear in many guises — and everything that is unimportant falls away.

Arvo Pärt: Fratres

If it were, I would be surrendering to the essence of the music. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. The highest virtue of music, for me, lies outside of its mere sound.

The complex and many-faceted only confuses me, and I must search for unity. And that is why I call it tintinnabulation.

The particular timbre of an instrument is part of the music, but it is not the most important element.

I work with very few elements — frartes one voice, with two voices. The same persistent, eternal message seems to be finding voice in multiple messengers.


Listening to multiple incarnations back-to-back provides a unique experience. Music must exist of itself … two, three notes … the essence must be there, independent of the instruments. Here, it is performed by the Berlin Philharmonic cello section:.

Tintinnabulation is an area I sometimes frqtres into when I am searching for answers — in my life, my music, my work. Some striking dissonances between the drone and the other voices come out in this version:.

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

An interesting new set 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.

What is it, this one thing, and how do I find my way to it? Notify me of new posts by email.

I build with the most primitive materials — with the triad, with one specific tonality. And this is the cause of all of our contradictions, our obstinacy, our narrow-mindedness, our faith and our grief. Its agvo mysticism recalled the timeless serenity of Renaissance polyphony while arriving at a place which was completely new.


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

Fratres – Wikipedia

The three notes of a triad are like bells. Send this to a atvo Your email Recipient email Send Cancel. This instant and eternity are struggling within us. Time and timelessness are connected.