This one note, or a moment of silence, comforts me. I work with very few elements – with one voice, with two voices. I build with the most. Arvo Part’s Fratres and his. Tintinnabuli Technique. By Rade Zivanovic. Supervisor. Knut Tønsberg. This Master‟s Thesis is carried out as a part of the education. Fratres by Arvo Pärt is one of my favourite pieces of music. The analytical meets the aesthetical as Pärt takes us on a meditative, harmonical.

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Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres” in Eight Versions

This gradual awakening, whether intended by the composer or not, is perhaps fratdes fascinates me most about Fratres. Throughout the composition we can hear a recurrent theme that starts each time in a different octave. Hi, this page is really helpful – thanks. To get the low, middle fraatres high voices for the following segments, we simply move each starting point two steps around the circle, in the counter-clockwise direction.

I just love pages like this on the internet. And this is the cause of all of our contradictions, our obstinacy, our narrow-mindedness, our faith and our grief. The overall parr of Fratres is simple: That is what the remainder of this article will focus on. Anonymous poster lft wrote: Outstanding work, beyond words. Certainly, there is a harmonic additive process being employed.

This one note, or a moment of silence, comforts me. I’m not particularly interested in SIDs or in classical music rendered with computers or anything, but you have created something really special here.

The highest virtue of music, for me, lies outside of its mere sound. The recording was part of a birthday present gifted to me Leo’s frstres nearly quarter of a century ago.


Fratrfs heard Fraters for a choir in Tallinn, Part’s native city, a few weeks back with the master present – it was sublime. Note how the C sharp in the D minor scale contrasts with the C natural in the triad. The first half consists of falling chords, and the second half consists of rising chords.

This will ensure that we end up where we started. But when I looked it up on Wiki the text citing your analysis seemed a little dismissive of the piece where it says: Its meditative mysticism recalled the timeless serenity of Renaissance polyphony while arriving at a place which was completely new.

I love your version above the actual concert version I found online – your version emphasizes the otherworldly chord progressions which I love the most about this piece. It goes very deep into heart if you hear it in a church The high and low voices, however, play notes from the harmonic D minor scale.

Discuss this page Disclaimer: Listening to multiple incarnations back-to-back provides a unique experience. In a sense, they develop an intuitive feeling for what comes next in the sequence.

But these constraints alone will not be enough to guide the middle voice, so instead we devise a new circle containing the three possible notes:.

Thanks for your wonderful page.

It was premiered in at the festival, performed by Gidon and Elena Kremer. Each sequence consists of afvo different chords played in fratre different orders let’s call them bars. But – in the diagram for the middle voice, wouldn’t there be one less ‘A’ in the very top of the circle – otherwise the falling half of the first segment would be A-A for the middle voice, when reading clockwise? Don’t feed the trolls. Reading the comments once again I just realized that I agree with Lukas from Prague’s statement about how this particular 8 bit sound suits this music so well that it has become his second and my favorite version.


This delicate balance is maintained using the C natural from the triad and the C sharp from the melodic voices. Everything makes sense, except for the how the middle voice progresses. Someone else, I believe, is saying that the synthetic timbres match the “unworldly chord progressions”, well, that is fratrs exactly how I feel about it.

Many people who listen to Fratres find it repetitive or even boring at first. Thank you for this.

Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres” in Eight Versions – The Listeners’ Club

I’ve been searching in vain for a guitar tabulature for Fratres, does anyone have a version? You are completely awesome. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. That would be too dissonant.

Each segment can be further divided into two halves: In order to understand the algorithm behind Fratres, we just need to figure out how to form the eight chords that build up each segment half. Thank you for this page! What a truly breathtaking composition! Fratres was initially composed as three-part music without aprt instrumentation that can be performed with various instruments.

I’ve found some sheet music but I’m so bad at reading them, I can’t translate it reliably: Notify me of new posts by email. These are accompanied throughout the entire composition by a resounding low drone of fifth.