Arvo Pärt: Fratres

Arvo Pärt Fratres
Fratres

Arvo Pärt: Fratres

Year of composition:
1977/2008
Scored for:
for viola, string orchestra and percussion
Composer:
Arvo Pärt
Soloists:
viola
Instrumentation details:
percussion (1 player: claves and bass drum or tom-tom)
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Duration:
11’
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The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

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)

Special prints

Fratres

Arvo Pärt: Fratres

study score
for viola, string orchestra and percussion , 11’

World première

Location:
Helsingör
Date:
15.11.2008
Orchestra:
Athelas Sinfonietta
Conductor:
Morten Ryelund

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