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Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

  • for string orchestra and bell
  • Duration: 6’
  • Instrumentation details:
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    double bass
    bells
  • Composer: Arvo Pärt
  • Table of contents:
    Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

Work introduction

In the past years we have had many losses in the world of music to mourn. Why did the date of Benjamin Britten’s death – 4 December 1976 – touch such a chord in me? During this time I was obviously at the point where I could recognize the magnitude of such a loss. Inexplicable feelings of guilt, more than that even, arose in me. I had just discovered Britten for myself. Just before his death I began to appreciate the unusual purity of his music – I had had the impression of the same kind of purity in the ballads of Guillaume de Machaut. And besides, for a long time I had wanted to meet Britten personally – and now it would not come to that.

Arvo Pärt

Audiosamples

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

Next performances

World première

Location:
Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn (EE)
Date:
07.04.1977
Orchestra:
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:
Eri Klas

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