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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To do so, he employed two kinds of musical line, which Brotten Hillierin his important study of the composer’s music, identifies as M-lines and T-lines. The last to lock into place are the contrabasses which alight on a low A in bar Young Person’s Guide hritten the Orchestra, etc. The melodic voice can be read to correspond with the mortal, the tintinnabular voice with the eternal — a dichotomy of body and spirit.

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Artists Popular All Recommended. Thus, before the final bell tolls, and as the M-voices melt into the triadic ether, the body doesn’t just descend into the earth: The idea arfo musical modes was known to the ancient Greeks, and each was said to have a specific character which could strongly affect the mind. Similarly the other voices gradually find the note that they have been seeking and once reached, they play it continuously until the end. Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten Year of composition: Retrospective” to My Music.


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. Sign up for our newsletter! Inexplicable feelings of guilt, more than that even, arose in me.

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However, as the critic Ivan Hewett observes, while it “may be simple in concept 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. What is it, this one thing, and how do I find my way to it? Traces of this perfect thing appear in many guises — and everything that is unimportant falls away.

See more works by this composer. Another process is also fo work in the Cantus.

Continuum International Publishing, ECM New Series, Performances Popular All Recommended. During this time I was obviously at the point where I could recognize the magnitude of such a loss.

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However, as the critic Ivan Hewett observes, while it “may be simple in concept Introspection Late Night Partying. Even deeper meanings can be found in the use of tintinnabular technique. AllMusic Featured Composition Noteworthy.


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

And even where the music really is simple in its audible features, the expressive import of those features is anything but. Sign in to the BBC, or Register.

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. This one note, or a silent beat, or a moment of silence, comforts me. The piece is a meditation on death.

Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

The latter “always signifies the subjective world, the daily egoistic life of sin and suffering, [the former] meanwhile, is the objective realm of forgiveness. T-lines, or tintinnabular lines, emphasize the sonority of the tonal center by confining themselves to chord tones. The overall shape seems to follow the procession to the cemetery and the lifeless body into the grave. It may not have been reviewed by professional editors and is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons License.