Arvo Pärt: Fratres

Arvo Pärt Fratres
Fratres

Arvo Pärt: Fratres

Year of composition:
1977/1980
Scored for:
for violin and piano
Composer:
Arvo Pärt
Instrumentation details:
violin, piano
Table of contents:
Fratres für Violine und Klavier
Commission:
Kompositionsauftrag der Salzburger Festspiele 1980
Duration:
11’
Dedication:
für Elena und Gidon Kremer
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Fratres
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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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World première

Location:
Salzburg
Date:
17.08.1980

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