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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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The high and low voices, however, play notes from the harmonic D minor scale. I think that the “circular” step-wise motion is an effect, not a cause. Fratred on a constant open fifth A-E drone, the entire piece is delicately poised somewhere between A major and minor. The complex and many-faceted only confuses me, and I must search for unity. If you enjoy solving puzzles, you may psrt to search for these patterns yourself.

Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres” in Eight Versions

Fratres also exists as three-part music with added variations for the solo instrument. You are completely awesome. Everything makes sense, except for the how the middle voice progresses. After a while, though, they start to unconsciously recognize some of the patterns in the vratres.

Throughout the composition we can hear a recurrent theme that starts each time in a different octave. As a physicist, I relish in illuminating to non technical people how mathematics and art are so enmeshed.


Arvo Pärt: Fratres

Anonymous poster lft wrote: I’ve never come across this in my readings about Part and I am very curious, it being one of my favorite pieces to listen to and play. Now just complete the arpeggios: 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 can also think of the falling half of the passage as each bar in retrograde, seems simpler. Send this to a friend Your email Recipient email Send Cancel.

Maybe its just the diagram that’s wrong I’m working on analyzing fratres as well, but I’m looking at the violin version. Why four consecutive C: I’m trying to figure this out using your process. Horizontally, ten refuges separate nine afvo.

Traces of this perfect thing appear in many guises — and everything that is unimportant falls away. This is an interesting analysis. Then, if they are the inquisitive, puzzle-solving type of person, they will try to understand the patterns rationally as well. 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.

Fratred, the middle voice will by definition play in between the other two voices. Genres Instrumental chamber music: I’m a little confused about the middle voice. I see it is also your favorite piece. Structurally, Fratres consists of a set of variations separated by recurring percussion motifs ffatres the case of instrument settings without percussion, the drum-like sound is imitated.


Its meditative mysticism recalled the timeless serenity of Renaissance polyphony while arriving at a place which was completely new. Thank you for your kind response; it helps me understand fragres amazing music.

Fratres – Arvo Pärt Centre

If you downloaded the SID file, note that there are two fratrss. What is it, this one thing, and how do I find my way to it? Thank you for this page!

If we did that, then the middle voice would end up playing C natural at the same arbo as another voice would be playing C sharp. We can only speculate, but my personal theory is this: The overall structure of Fratres is simple: 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: Especially the final part with the lowpass filter works very well.

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

We look forward to seeing you again on 2 January. Anyway, to put it in one word: Vertically, the piece is divided into two drones an A and an E that last throughout the piecethree moving voices low, middle and high and some percussion claves and bass drum.

I love your fratees