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Arvo Pärt: Fratres

(Arranger: Peter Thalheimer )

  • for recorder trio, percussion and violoncello (or viola da gamba)
  • Duration: 10’
  • Instrumentation details:
    descant recorder
    treble recorder
    tenor recorder
    percussion
    violoncello
  • Composer: Arvo Pärt
  • Arranger: Peter Thalheimer
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Arvo Pärt: Fratres for recorder trio, percussion and violoncello (or viola da gamba) | UE34959

  • Edition type: score and parts
  • Format: 23.2 × 30.5 cm
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-7091-3
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-08424-9
€37.50
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Description

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 tone color.

'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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Reviews

(…) 1977 entstand das Stück Fratres, das mittlerweile zu den populärsten Stücken des estländischen Komponisten gehört. (…) Wie auch bei den anderen Arrangements von Pärts Werken sind die Tonabfolgen nicht schwierig zu spielen; die Herausforderungen liegen in ganz anderen Bereichen: Die dynamischen Feinabstufungen benötigen eine differenzierte Atemführung sowie stellenweise das Experimentieren mit Hilfsgriffen, um die Intonation in Wechselwirkung mit Lautstärkenänderungen befriedigend hinzubekommen. (…) Belohnt wird man mit sphärischen Klängen, die, sich nur minimalistisch verändernd, quasi zeitlos voranschreiten.
Tibia Heft 3, 2013 (Regina Himmelbauer)

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