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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In any case you can listen that version here on Youtube http: The album was pulled from the market again only weeks after release because he couldn’t get the rights for some of the pieces vratres them Fratres and Gorecki’s Pieces In The Old Style, which is a real bummer because they are the best. Reading the comments once again Arvl just realized that I agree with Lukas from Prague’s statement about how this particular 8 bit sound suits this music so well that it has become his second and my favorite version.

In my dark hours, I have the certain feeling that everything outside this one thing has no meaning. Then, if they are the inquisitive, puzzle-solving type of person, they will try to understand the patterns rationally advo well.

I believe that the voices fdatres that way due to the smooth, scalar voice-leading that Part chose; but I do not believe that Part was thinking in the way that you describe: Part is certainly one of my favourite composers, and this piece along with those on his ‘Miserere’ album really go a long way to showing his genius.

This instant and eternity are struggling within us.

Arvo Pärt: Fratres

I just love pages like this on the internet. We can clearly recognise three voices: I’m working on analyzing fratres as well, but I’m looking at the violin version. What is it, this one thing, and how do I find my way to it? We want the middle voice to sync up to the low and high voices after one complete revolution.


But when I looked it up on Wiki the text citing your analysis seemed a little dismissive of the piece where it says: As a physicist, I relish in illuminating to non technical people how mathematics and art are so enmeshed. Send this to a friend Your email Recipient email Send Cancel. Music must exist of itself … two, three notes … the essence must be there, independent of the instruments.

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

Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres” in Eight Versions

Vertically, the piece is divided into two drones an A and an E that last throughout the piecethree moving voices low, fraters and high and some percussion claves and bass drum. The following picture illustrates the refuges and segments as a terribly long pedestrian crossing. If we did that, then the middle voice would end up playing C natural at the same time as another voice would be playing C sharp. I’ve never come across this in my readings about Part and I am fratrss curious, it being one of my favorite pieces to listen to and play.

That is what the remainder of this article will focus on. All right, but why not double the other C group, the one in the upper right part of the circle? This delicate balance is maintained using the C natural from the triad and the C sharp from the melodic voices.

An interesting new set of overtones arises when the piece is transferred to winds:. Someone else, I believe, is saying that the synthetic timbres match the “unworldly chord progressions”, well, that is just exactly how I feel about it.

Of course, I don’t know that for a fact, and again I don’t mean srvo criticize your analysis–only to point out that perhaps Part was thinking in “math,” from which you have distilled an interesting “equation.


I heard Fraters for a choir in Tallinn, Part’s native city, a few weeks back with the master present – it was sublime.

Fratres – Arvo Pärt Centre

This is an interesting analysis. 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. But this circle contains fourteen notes rather than seven, so the middle voice does not play its own retrograde in the second half like the low and high voices do.

For instance, in the first half of the first segment, the eight chords are: Thanks for the in-depth information on Fratres! Share Facebook Twitter Share. I love your version above the dratres concert version I found online – your version emphasizes the otherworldly chord progressions which I love the most about this piece. fartres

Rather than A-C, which sounds correct. That would be too dissonant. Each segment can be further divided into two halves: Hi, this page is really helpful – thanks.

Thank you for this. This one note, or a moment of silence, comforts me. I work with very few elements — with one voice, with two voices. I don’t see how the circle for the first segment and the notation line up.

I’ve been returning to this page for a couple of years now, and I point it out to other people on a regular basis, too. Traces of this perfect thing appear in many guises — and everything that is unimportant falls away.

If you downloaded the SID file, note that there are two subtunes. Some striking dissonances between the drone and the other voices come out in this version:.