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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That would be too dissonant. Thus, in the first bar we get: Thanks for this webpage!!! The following picture illustrates the refuges and segments as a terribly long pedestrian crossing.

Fratrew recording was part of a birthday present gifted to me Leo’s mother nearly quarter of a century ago. Thank you for your analysis, which I found rather interesting. We can clearly recognise three voices: What is it, aevo one thing, and how do I find my way to it? The 8-bit sound suits the music perfectly. I love your analysis That version too can be performed by various instrument combinations, such as a saxophone quartet or four percussionists among many others.

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Arvo Pärt: Fratres

Thank you for this. That is what the remainder of this article will focus on.

This gradual awakening, whether intended by the composer or not, is perhaps what fascinates me most about Fratres. Certainly, there is a harmonic additive process being employed. But when I looked it up on Wiki the text citing your analysis seemed a little dismissive of the piece where it says: 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 believe that the voices move 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: I’ve been searching in vain for a guitar tabulature for Fratres, does anyone have a version?


The high voice starts at E and is transposed one octave further up. Outstanding work, beyond words. If it were, I would be surrendering to the essence of the music.

I hope Lukas from Prague doesn’t read this last parr about how my former favorite parf was the one for male voices and cellos by the Schola Gregoriana Pragensis. It has been used in numerous movie soundtracks and dance shows. This instant and eternity are struggling within us. But I think that he was thinking in harmony, melody, and voice-leading. I’ll be playing it in a concert and would like to include this information in my programme notes.

Here, it is performed by the Berlin Philharmonic cello section:. Rather than A-C, which sounds correct. 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.

Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres” in Eight Versions

The first half consists of falling chords, and the second half consists of rising chords. After a while, though, they start to unconsciously recognize some of the patterns in the music. I work with very few elements — with one voice, with two voices. Much like the international date line in the pacific ocean, we add a seam, where the notes get transposed one octave.

Traces of this perfect thing appear in many guises — and everything that is unimportant falls away. This delicate balance is maintained using the C natural from the triad and the C sharp from the melodic voices. The middle voice in the chords is also restricted in this way, so it will only ever play A, C or E in some octave. To achieve symmetry, this is done when we’ve come exactly half the way around the circle, i.

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Fratres – Wikipedia

Thanks for your wonderful page. 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.


Time and parh are connected. 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.

The drones, A and E, are obviously only playing notes from the A minor triad. In a sense, they develop an intuitive feeling for what comes next in the sequence. Both these journeys begin at the indicated note, e. Show more Show less.

Fratres – Arvo Pärt Centre

psrt I’ve never come across ffatres in my readings about Part and I am very curious, it being one of my favorite pieces to listen to and play. Everything makes sense, except for the how the middle voice progresses. But – in the diagram for the middle voice, wouldn’t there be one less ‘A’ in the very top of the circle – otherwise the falling half of the first segment would be A-A for the middle voice, when reading clockwise?

All right, but why not double the other C group, the one in the upper right part of the circle? Genres Instrumental chamber music: I’ve been listening – 3 times now!

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 highest virtue of music, for me, lies outside of its mere sound. Of course, I don’t know that for a fact, and again I don’t mean to criticize your analysis–only to point out that perhaps Part was thinking in “math,” from which you have distilled an interesting “equation.