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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Similarly the other voices gradually find the note that they have been seeking and once reached, they play it continuously until the end.

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Tintinnabulation is like this. 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. This texture is maintained until the last section of the work, at which point the melodic voices gradually conform to the predominating chord tones.

The composer, photographed in Christ Church CathedralDublin, The other half of the violins play notes from an A minor chord. The second violins play exactly the same 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.

This caantus a striking effect, as the entire piece is set in the key of A minorso that in the dying echoes of ot final bell, the last thing the listener hears is actually an A major chord contained ov the overtones of the bell.

It may not have been reviewed by professional editors and is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons License. Music from Estonia, Vol. This evokes the common Renaissance and Baroque technique called the ” Picardy third “, in which a piece set in a minor mode or key bennamin ends on a major chord, evoking a ray of light piercing through the clouds, and suggesting hope, resurrection, or redemption.


Mdmory is it, this one thing, and how do I find my way to it?

The Intimacy of Creativity: Views Read Edit View history. Even deeper meanings can be found in the use of tintinnabular technique.

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At bar 65 the first violins hit middle Cand when they do they cease playing the A minor scale and simply play C continuously until the end of the piece brtiten. Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten Year of composition: After the three beats of silence that open the score, a tubular bell is struck three times very quietly pianissimowith 12 fantus between the strikes and gap of 18 beats between the groups of three.

Share on facebook twitter tumblr. Due to its evocative and cinematic feel, the piece has been used extensively as background accompaniment in both film and television documentaries. T-lines, or tintinnabular lines, emphasize the sonority of the tonal center by confining themselves to chord tones. They begin playing very quietly pianississimo but gradually over the piece build up until they are playing very loudly fortississimo.

Here I am alone with silence. After the bell has struck there is a brief pause for three beats of silence, and then the first violins begin setting the pattern which the rest of the ensemble will follow at slower speeds. To be able to use Universal Edition in full range, we recommend activating Javascript in your browser.


The church modes are formed by using the notes of the C major scale i. Streams Videos All Posts. And besides, for a long time I had wanted to meet Britten personally — and now brnjamin would not come to that. The A natural minor scale has some historical connections. I had just discovered Britten for myself.

Half of the first violins begin playing the descending A minor scale, playing first one note from the very top of their range, then returning to the beginning and playing two notes, and then three and four and so on.

EngvarB from September Use dmy dates from September Articles containing Latin-language text Articles with hAudio microformats All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from September Articles with unsourced statements from June However, as the critic Ivan Hewett observes, while it “may be simple in concept Performances Popular All Recommended.

Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

Its appeal is often ascribed to its relative simplicity; a single melodic motif dominates and it both begins and ends with scored silence. 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.

ECM New Series, A scale of A with no black keys is in the Aeolian mode. Sign in to the BBC, or Register. Then the violaswhich are the only voice not doubled, join in at quarter speed and another brtiten lower, the cellos at one eighth, and finally the contrabasses as one sixteenth.