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Arvo Pärt: Fratres

  • for violin and piano
  • Duration: 11’
  • Instrumentation details:
    violin
    piano
  • Composer: Arvo Pärt
  • Table of contents:
    Fratres für Violine und Klavier
  • Dedication: für Elena und Gidon Kremer
  • Commission: Kompositionsauftrag der Salzburger Festspiele 1980

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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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World première

Location:
Festspielhaus, Salzburg (AT)
Date:
17.08.1980
Main soloists:
Gidon Kremer und Elena Kremer

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