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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This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. This page was last edited on 16 Octoberat This bell tells of the death of Britten—it cantjs the funeral bell.

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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.

Each part except the viola is split into two, with one playing notes from the A minor scale, and the other playing only notes from an A minor chord i. 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. The Intimacy of Creativity: 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.


AllMusic Featured Composition Noteworthy. However, as the critic Ivan Hewett observes, while it “may be simple in concept Music for the Soul.

Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

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. Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten Year of composition: What is it, this one thing, and how do I find my way to it?

Its appeal is often ascribed to its relative simplicity; a single melodic motif dominates and it both begins and ends with scored silence. The composer, photographed in Christ Church CathedralDublin, Best 20th Century Classics The other half of the violins play notes from an A minor chord.

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A chime for dead tolls grimly, while the string lines consist of perpetually descending minor scales over elongated pedal tones.

Share on facebook twitter tumblr. 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 or, cellos, and basses are all employed divisi, with each section accommodating both a T- and an M-line. Drinking Hanging Out In Love.


You will regularly receive information about new scores with free downloads, current prize games and news about our composers. The surface features of the work paint an almost macabre scene. The basses are then playing each long note for 32 beats, and each short note for It continues to be struck in groups of three widely spaced intervals for most of the piece, fading out for a time in the last 21 bars, only to reappear at the last.

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 cxntus ballads of Guillaume de Machaut.

They begin playing very quietly pianississimo but gradually over the piece build up until they are playing very loudly fortississimo. Part, Britten and Bridge. Continuum International Publishing, Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten Duration: Retrieved from ” https: Avo Late Night Partying. Jazz Latin New Age.