Arvo Pärt: Fratres

  • for string quartet
  • Duration: 10’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st violin
    2nd violin
    viola
    violoncello
  • Composer: Arvo Pärt
  • Table of contents:
    Fratres für Streichquartett

Work introduction

Composed in Pärt's very own Tintinnabuli-style, Fratres allows many different settings because it is not bound to a specific timbre.

“The highest virtue of music, for me, lies outside of its mere sound. The particular timbre of an instrument is part of the music, but it is not the most important element. If it were, I would be surrendering to the essence of the music. Music must exist of itself … two, three notes … the essence must be there, independent of the instruments.” (Arvo Pärt)

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