Arvo Pärt: Fratres (Arranger: Dietmar Schwalke)

Arvo Pärt Fratres
Fratres

Arvo Pärt: Fratres (Arranger: Dietmar Schwalke)

Year of composition:
1977
Scored for:
for violoncello and piano
Composer:
Arvo Pärt
Arranger:
Dietmar Schwalke (1989)
Fingering:
Dietmar Schwalke (1989)
Adaptation:
Dietmar Schwalke (1989)
Instrumentation details:
violoncello
pno
Table of contents:
Fratres für Violoncello und Klavier
Duration:
11’
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Work introduction

Fratres (original setting for violin and piano) was commissioned by the Salzburg Festival and premiered on August 17th, 1980 at that very place (violin: Gidon Kremer, piano: Elena Kremer). Composed in Pärt's very own Tintinnabuli-style, this piece 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:
Hitzacker
Date:
30.07.1989

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