Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

Year of composition:
1977/1980
Scored for:
for string orchestra and bell
Composer:
Arvo Pärt
Instrumentation details:
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
double bass
bells
Table of contents:
Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Duration:
6’
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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

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for string orchestra and bell , 6’

Next performances

14 Dec

Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

Rosengarten, Mannheim (DE)

15 Dec

Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

Konzerthaus Rolf-Böhme-Saal, Freiburg (DE)

16 Dec

Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe (DE)

11 Jan

Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

Kuopio City Theatre, Kuopio (FI)

19 Jan

Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

Estonian Concert Hall, Tallinn (EE)

World première

Location:
Tallinn
Date:
07.04.1977
Orchestra:
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:
Eri Klas

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