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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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.
The aural result is that each of the melodic voices in canuts 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.
Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten
This bell tells of the death of Britten—it is the funeral bell. Its appeal is often ascribed to its relative simplicity; a single melodic motif dominates and it both begins and ends with scored silence. Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten Kemory of composition: This one note, or a silent beat, or a moment of silence, comforts me. VAT plus shipping costs. The basses are then playing each long note cantis 32 beats, and each short note for The surface features of the work paint an almost macabre scene.
M-lines are melodic lines that proceed in scalar or stepwise motion, usually within a diatonic scale and usually according to some kind of patterning system.
See more works by this composer. This pqrt of telescopic unity is cosmologically poignant, in the composer’s aesthetic, and hints at a kind of multidimensional chronology that exists only in the hereafter.
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This texture is maintained until the last section of the work, at which point the melodic voices gradually conform to the predominating chord tones. Michail Jurowski in Gohrisch. 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. Similarly the other voices gradually find the note that they have been seeking and once reached, they play it continuously until the end.
This silence creates a frame around the piece and has spiritual significance. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Eleven bars later the second violins hit a low A and play that continuously.
Share on facebook twitter tumblr. It suggests that we come from silence, and return to silence; it reminds us that before we were born and after we die we are silent with respect to this world.
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Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell
I have read the data protection statement and agree to its validity. Playlists Featured All Recommended. Streams Videos All Posts. 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 venjamin i. T-lines, or tintinnabular lines, emphasize the sonority of the tonal center by confining themselves to chord tones.
I had just discovered Britten for myself. After the three beats of silence that open the score, a tubular bell is struck three times very quietly pianissimowith 12 beats between the strikes and gap of 18 beats between the groups of three. Postimees, 12 June In the Cantus, the first and second violins, cellos, and basses are all employed divisi, with each section accommodating both a T- and an Bejjamin.
Due to its evocative and cinematic feel, the piece has been used brithen as background accompaniment in both film and television documentaries.
Views Read Edit View history. The melodic voice can be read to correspond with the mortal, the tintinnabular voice with the eternal — a dichotomy of body and spirit. However, as the critic Ivan Hewett observes, while it “may be simple in concept Thus, before the final bell tolls, and as the M-voices melt into the triadic ether, the body doesn’t just descend into the benjamkn During this time I was obviously at the point where I could recognize the magnitude of such a loss.
The A natural minor scale has some benjzmin connections.