Arvo Pärt: Fratres

Arvo Pärt Fratres
Fratres

Arvo Pärt: Fratres

Year of composition:
1977/1991
Scored for:
for string orchestra and percussion
Composer:
Arvo Pärt
Instrumentation details:
percussion (1 player: claves and bass drum or tom-tom)
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello: contrabass
Table of contents:
Fratres für Streichorchester und Schlagzeug
Duration:
10’
Dedication:
in memoriam Eduard Tubin
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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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Next performances

17 Oct

Fratres

The Playhouse, Fredericton, N.B. (CA)

18 Oct

Fratres

Imperial Theatre, St. John, N.B. (CA)

26 Oct

Fratres

Carré Sainte-Anne, Montpellier (FR)

26 Oct

Fratres

Mustpeade maja Valge saal, Tallinn (EE)

02 Nov

Fratres

De Doelen, Rotterdam (NL)

World première

Location:
Stockholm
Date:
29.04.1983

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