Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten by Arvo Part (pärt) Arvo Part ( pronounced “pairt”) was born in Estonia in Although at that time Estonia was a.

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This bell tells of the death of Britten—it is the funeral bell. Inexplicable feelings of guilt, more than that even, arose in me. This creates a striking effect, as the entire piece is set in the key of A minorso that in the dying echoes of the final bell, the last thing the listener hears is actually an A major chord contained within the overtones of the bell.

ECM New Series, At this stage the whole ensemble is playing an A minor chord very very loudly, and this continues for five bars, then on the second beat of the last bar they suddenly stop.

They begin playing very quietly pianississimo but gradually over the piece build up until they are playing very loudly fortississimo.

In the past years we have had many losses in the world of music to mourn. Cqntus 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.

The basses are then playing each long note for 32 beats, and each short note for I have read the data protection statement and agree to its validity.


Patt creates a swirling effect of increasing tension which is relieved by dropping the note.

Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten – Wikipedia

Traces of this perfect thing appear in many guises — and everything that is unimportant falls away. Tintinnabulation is like this.

The latter “always signifies the subjective world, the daily egoistic life of sin and suffering, [the former] meanwhile, is the objective realm of forgiveness. And besides, for a long time I had wanted to meet Britten personally — and now it would not come to that. 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 mempriam.

Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

Due to its evocative and cinematic feel, the piece has been used extensively as background accompaniment in both film and television documentaries.

And even where the music really is simple in partt audible features, the expressive import of those features is anything but. I had just discovered Britten for myself. 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. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Next Product Berio Luciano: Why did the date of Benjamin Britten’s death – 4 December – touch such a chord in me?


During this time I was obviously at the point where I could recognize the magnitude of such a loss. I have read the data protection statement and agree to its validity.

You will regularly receive information about new scores cantks free memoriwm, current prize games and news about our composers. The last to lock into place are the contrabasses which alight on a low A in bar During this time I was obviously at the point where I could recognize the magnitude of such a loss. Something has been achieved and it shouldn’t be given up. Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten. Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten Duration: The piece is a meditation on death.

I had just discovered Britten for myself. Contemporary Music, Study Score Series. VAT plus shipping costs. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. These notes start a fourth lower and drop in pitch only when it is overrun by the first. Each part except the viola is split into two, with one playing notes from the A minor ij, and the other playing only notes from an A minor chord i.

The idea of musical modes was known to the ancient Greeks, and each was said to have a specific character which could strongly affect the mind. Views Read Edit View history.