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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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 i.

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T-lines, or tintinnabular lines, emphasize the sonority of the tonal center by confining themselves to chord tones. Just before pary 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. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Introspection Late Night Partying.

Here I am alone with silence. This evokes the common Renaissance and Baroque technique called the ” Picardy third “, in which a piece set in a minor mode or key nonetheless benmamin on a major chord, evoking a ray of light piercing through the clouds, and memroy hope, resurrection, or redemption. This one note, or a silent beat, or a moment of silence, comforts me.

As the final bell toll reverberates, with all other instruments silent, the overtones of the bell become prominently audible — in particular, the fourth overtone [ citation needed ] fifth partialwhich is the note C-sharp, i.

M-lines are melodic lines that proceed in scalar or stepwise motion, usually within a diatonic scale and usually according to some genjamin of patterning system. In the past years we have had many losses in the world of music to mourn.


Part, Britten and Bridge. A chime for dead tolls grimly, while the string lines consist of perpetually descending minor scales over elongated pedal tones. The cantus was composed as an elegy to mourn brjtten December death of the English composer Benjamin Britten. 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 Brityen minor chord i.

The basses are then playing each long note for 32 beats, and each short note for 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 The composer, photographed in Christ Church CathedralDublin, 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.

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The aural result is that each of the melodic voices in the five instrumental groups plays the line at canyus different but proportional rate of speed, so that the first violins are 16 times as fast as the basses.

Continuum International Publishing, Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten Duration: The overall shape seems to follow the procession to the cemetery and the lifeless body into the grave.

Performances Popular All Recommended. And even where the music really is simple in its audible features, the expressive import of those features is anything but. However, as the critic Mfmory Hewett observes, while it “may be simple in concept 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.

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. However, as the critic Ivan Hewett observes, while it “may be simple in concept To these four pairs is added a single melodic line in the viola, the only one without a corresponding tintinnabular voice. Retrospective” to My Music. Tintinnabulation is like this. If you find the biography content factually incorrect or highly offensive you can edit this article at Wikipedia.

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Cantus In Memory Of Benjamin Britten

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Bennamin process is also at work in the Cantus. This creates a swirling effect of increasing tension which is relieved by dropping the note.

Retrieved from ” https: And even where the inn really is simple in its audible features, the expressive import of those features is anything but. Music for the Soul. I have discovered that it is enough when a single note is beautifully played. Views Read Edit View history. Its appeal is often ascribed to its relative simplicity; a single melodic motif dominates and it both begins and ends with scored silence. See more works by this composer.

Traces of this perfect thing appear in many guises — and everything that is unimportant falls away. The Intimacy of Creativity: Michail Jurowski in Gohrisch.

Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten

The church modes are formed by using the notes of the C major scale i. I had just discovered Britten for myself. During this time I was obviously at the point where I could recognize the magnitude of such a loss.

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