Arvo Pärt: Fratres

  • for violin, string orchestra and percussion
  • Duration: 11’
  • Soloists:
    violin
  • Instrumentation details:
    percussion (1 player: claves and bass drum or tom-tom)
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello: contrabass
  • Composer: Arvo Pärt
  • Table of contents:
    Fratres für Violine, Streichorchester und Schlagzeug

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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The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

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