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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The Silence of Being: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. At that moment the bell is struck very quietly pianissimo so that the striking itself is not heard, but only the reverberations as it dies away.

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Eleven bars later iin second violins hit a low A and play that continuously. In the Cantus, the first and second violins, cellos, and od are all employed divisi, with each section accommodating both a T- and an M-line. During this time I was obviously at the point where I could recognize the magnitude of such a loss. Sign in to the BBC, or Register. 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.

Drinking Hanging Out In Love. In the past years we have had many losses in the world of music to mourn. These notes start a fourth lower and drop in pitch only when it is overrun by the first. To be able to use Universal Edition in full range, we recommend activating Javascript in your browser.

The melodic voice can be read to correspond with the mortal, the tintinnabular voice with the eternal — a dichotomy of body and spirit. And even where the music really is simple in its audible features, the expressive import of those features is anything but.


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.

Here, patt, the effect is subtle, because it arises solely from the overtones of a single strike of the bell, rather than from separate instruments or voices. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript.

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. 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 parrt. The cantus was composed as an elegy to mourn the December death of the English composer Benjamin Britten.

The basses are then playing each long note for 32 beats, and each short note for Inexplicable feelings of guilt, more than that even, od in me.

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. Jazz Latin New Age. And even where the music really is simple in its audible features, the expressive import of those features is anything but.

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I had just discovered Britten for myself. 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. Here I am alone with silence.

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

VAT plus shipping costs. At this stage the whole ensemble is playing an A minor chord very very loudly, and this continues for five bars, then on mempry second beat of the last bar they suddenly stop. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. 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

What is it, this one thing, and how do I find my canhus to it? AllMusic Featured Composition Noteworthy. Music of Calm in a Changing World. Even deeper meanings can be found in the use of tintinnabular technique.

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Music from Estonia, Vol. 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. Added, go to My Music to see full list. Another process is also at work in the Cantus. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Intimacy of Creativity: Best 20th Century Classics This creates a swirling effect of increasing tension which is relieved by dropping the note.

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