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. Telarc’s Fratres-Fest proves beyond doubt that good basic material can be re- worked almost ad nauseam – if the manner of its arrangement is sufficiently. 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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For instance, in the first half of the first segment, the eight chords are: Rather than A-C, which sounds correct. This is possible using the basic principle of the tintinnabuli technique, where the musical material does not necessarily have to be tied to the timbre of a specific instrument. Listening to multiple incarnations back-to-back provides a unique experience. But – in the diagram for the middle voice, wouldn’t there cratres 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?

Fratres – Arvo Pärt Centre

Built on a constant open fifth A-E drone, the entire piece is delicately poised somewhere between A major and minor. The 8-bit sound suits the music perfectly.


Certainly, there is a harmonic additive process being employed. I’m a little confused about the middle voice. The complex and vratres only confuses me, and I must search for unity.

Don’t feed the trolls. I love your analysis Thus, segments 1 and 8 will be identical, as will segments 2 and 9. The particular timbre of an instrument is part of the music, but it is not the most important element.

How does it start? And this is the cause of all of our contradictions, our obstinacy, our narrow-mindedness, our faith and our grief. Best to all, karl freefriends.

Part Fratres

In any case you can listen that version here on Youtube http: The following diagrams show fratrds starting points for the falling and rising halves of segment number two. Composition Artist Credits Fratres. If we did that, then the middle voice would end up playing C natural at the same time as another voice would be playing C sharp.

These are accompanied throughout the entire composition by a resounding low drone of fifth. This basically means that some voices are restricted to playing notes from a particular triad in Fratres this is the A minor triadwhile other voices play melodies. Good work Linus K’plah. As mentioned, the middle voice will only play notes from the Fratrres minor triad. In any case, I strongly recommend you to listen to the entire piece fratred least once before reading on.


If it were, I would be surrendering to the essence fatres the music. Thank you for your analysis, which I found rather interesting. 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.

Next comes the gentle cascading of Part’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Brittenwith its weeping sequences and lone, tolling bell. Someone else, I believe, is saying that the synthetic timbres match the “unworldly chord progressions”, well, that is just exactly gratres I feel about it.

If you downloaded the SID file, note that there are two subtunes. The alternation of Summa for strings and the quartet version of Fratres works nicely, the former more animated than anything else on the disc; ptr latter, more intimate. Music must exist of itself … two, three notes … the essence must be there, independent of the instruments. The highest virtue of music, for me, lies outside of its mere sound.

The overall structure of Fratres is simple: