Arvo Pärt. Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell. Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Appears On ↓. Share on. facebook. The BBC work page for Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten by Arvo Pärt. Find upcoming concerts, watch performances, and learn more. Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten has to be one of the most depressive classical works I have heard in a very very long time. Absolutely.

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However, a closer look at the processes at work in the Cantus, and a bit of insight into the philosophies behind those processes, reveal much deeper layers of spiritual meaning. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. The aural result is that each of the melodic voices in the five instrumental groups plays the line at a different but proportional rate of speed, so that the first violins are 16 times as fast as the basses.

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This creates a swirling effect of increasing tension which is relieved by dropping the note. This entry is from Wikipediathe user-contributed encyclopedia. It may not have been reviewed by professional editors and is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons License. At that moment the bell is struck very quietly pianissimo so that the striking itself is not heard, but only the reverberations as it dies away.

To do so, he employed two kinds of musical line, which Paul Hillierin his important study of the composer’s music, identifies as M-lines and T-lines. They begin playing very quietly pianississimo but gradually over the piece build up until they are playing very loudly fortississimo. I have read the data protection statement and agree to its validity. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Views Read Edit View history. Share on facebook twitter tumblr.


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And even where the music really is simple in its audible features, the expressive import of those features is anything but. Sexy Trippy All Moods. I have discovered that it is enough when a single note is beautifully played.

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Retrieved from ” https: In the Cantus, the first and second violins, cellos, and basses are all employed divisi, with each section accommodating both a T- and an M-line.

The second violins play exactly the aro but an octave lower and at half the speed, which means they play 6 beats one bar of silence to begin, and appear to enter at the beginning of the second bar. Music for the Soul. Then the violaswhich are the only voice not doubled, join in at quarter speed and another octave lower, the cellos at one eighth, and finally the contrabasses as one sixteenth. The composer, photographed in Christ Church CathedralDublin, Part, Britten and Bridge.

Its appeal is often ascribed to its relative simplicity; a single melodic motif dominates and it both begins and ends with scored silence. At this stage the whole ensemble is playing an A minor chord very very loudly, and this continues for five bars, then on the second beat of the last bar they suddenly stop. The surface catus of the work paint an almost macabre scene. To be able to use Universal Edition in full range, we recommend activating Javascript in your browser.


Retrieved on 28 June This silence creates a frame around the piece and has spiritual significance. Read more at Wikipedia.

Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

This evokes the common Renaissance and Baroque technique called the ” Picardy third “, in which a piece set in a minor mode or key nonetheless ends on a major chord, evoking a ray of light piercing through the clouds, and suggesting hope, resurrection, or redemption. Sign memoey for our newsletter!

Streams Videos All Posts. The overall shape seems to follow the procession to the cemetery and the lifeless body into the grave.

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Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. This creates a striking effect, as the entire piece is set in the key of A minorso that in the dying echoes of the final bell, the last thing the listener hears is actually if A major chord contained within the overtones of the bell.

Artists Popular All Recommended. After the bell has struck there is a brief pause for three beats of silence, and then the first violins begin cahtus the pattern which the rest of the ensemble will follow at slower speeds.

The cantus was composed as an elegy to mourn the December death of the English composer Benjamin Britten.

Continuum International Publishing, The most prominent melodic contour is a simple descending A minor scale; this descending line, however, appears concurrently in various octaves and in various rhythmic values. Just before his death I began to appreciate the unusual purity of his music — I had had the impression of the same kind of purity in the ballads of Guillaume de Machaut.