This one note, or a moment of silence, comforts me. I work with very few elements – with one voice, with two voices. I build with the most.

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Time and timelessness are connected. The three notes of a triad are like bells.

Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres” in Eight Versions – The Listeners’ Club

The highest virtue of music, for me, lies outside of its mere sound. The complex and many-faceted arvl confuses me, and I must search for unity. Its meditative mysticism recalled the timeless serenity of Renaissance polyphony while arriving at a place which was completely new.

Music must exist of itself … two, three notes … the essence must be there, independent of the instruments. And that is why I call it tintinnabulation.

I build with the most primitive materials — with the triad, with one specific tonality. Traces of this perfect thing appear in many guises — and everything that is unimportant falls away.


The same persistent, eternal message seems to be finding voice in multiple messengers. In my dark hours, I have the certain feeling that everything outside this one thing has no meaning.

The particular timbre of fratress instrument is part of the music, but it is not the most important element.

Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres” in Eight Versions

What is frtres, this one thing, and how do I find my way to it? Tintinnabulation is an area I sometimes wander into when I am searching for answers — in my life, my music, my work.

Built on a constant open fifth A-E drone, the entire piece is delicately poised somewhere between A major and minor. And this is the cause of all of our contradictions, our obstinacy, our narrow-mindedness, our faith and our grief.

Here, it is performed by the Berlin Philharmonic cello section:. Notify me of new posts by email. If it were, I would be surrendering to the essence of the music. Send this to a friend Your email Recipient email Send Cancel.


This one note, or a moment of silence, comforts me. An interesting new set of overtones arises when the piece is transferred to winds:. This instant and eternity are struggling within us.

Arvo Pärt: Fratres

Listening to multiple incarnations back-to-back provides a unique experience. I work with very few elements — with one voice, with two voices. Some striking dissonances between the drone and the other voices come out in this version:. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.