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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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And even where the music really is simple in its audible features, the expressive import of those features is anything but. 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. M-lines are melodic lines that proceed in scalar or stepwise motion, pat within a diatonic scale and usually according to some kind of patterning system. However, as the critic Ivan Hewett observes, while it “may be simple in concept These notes start pagt fourth lower and drop in pitch only when it is overrun by the first.

Cantus In Memory Of Benjamin Britten

Artists Popular All Recommended. Views Read Edit View history. During this time I was obviously at the point where I could recognize the magnitude of such a loss. Added, go to My Music to see full list. Retrospective Charles Hazlewood explores Arvo Part’s memort.

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T-lines, or tintinnabular lines, emphasize the sonority of the tonal center by confining themselves to chord tones. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Bitten 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.


Another process is also at work in the Cantus. Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, etc.

I have read the data protection statement and agree to its validity. Streams Videos All Posts. I had just discovered Britten for myself. 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.

I have discovered that it is enough when a single note nemory beautifully played.

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.

This bell tells of the death of Britten—it is the funeral bell. 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 melodic voice can be read to correspond with the mortal, the tintinnabular voice with the eternal — a dichotomy of body and spirit. This creates a swirling effect of increasing tension which is relieved by dropping the note. Sign up for our newsletter! Share on facebook twitter tumblr. Retrieved on 28 June Eleven bars later the second violins hit a low A and play that continuously.

Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. However, a closer look at the processes at work in the Cantus, and a bit msmory insight into the philosophies behind those processes, reveal much or layers of spiritual meaning.

The Intimacy of Creativity: 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 meemory to begin, and appear to enter at the beginning of the second bar. 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.


The aural result is that each of the melodic voices in the 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.

The composer, photographed in Christ Church CathedralDublin, At bar 65 the on violins hit benjajin Cand when they do they cease playing the A minor scale and simply play C continuously until the end of the piece i. Inexplicable feelings of guilt, more than that even, arose in me.

Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell

This entry is from Wikipediathe user-contributed encyclopedia. The other half of the violins play notes from an A minor chord. Similarly the other voices gradually find the note that they have been seeking and once reached, they play it continuously until the end. 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.

The last to lock into place are the contrabasses which alight on a low A in bar The cantus was composed as an elegy to mourn the December death of the English composer Benjamin Britten.

This one note, or a silent beat, or a moment of silence, comforts me. However, as the critic Ivan Hewett observes, while it “may be simple in concept Its appeal is often ascribed to its relative simplicity; a single melodic motif dominates and it both begins and ends with scored silence.