ARVO PART CANTUS IN MEMORY OF BENJAMIN BRITTEN PDF

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Composed: Length: c. Evidently it was only in that moment that I matured enough to realize the magnitude of such a loss. Inexplicable feelings of duty, or even more than that, arose in me — I had just discovered Britten for myself.

Apart from that, I had long desired to meet Britten face-to-face, but it was not to be. The three very quiet, widely spaced chimings of a lone bell that open the Cantus initiate music that casts a mesmerizing spell, enveloping one in its transcendental aura for the duration of the piece.

When the strings enter, they begin very softly and increase in intensity little by little, reaching to a sustained fortissimo level as they play throughout on variants of a descending scale of A minor. The repetitiousness of the music suggests minimalism, but the elevated nature of the Cantus, call it spirituality, sets it apart from any kind of formulaic method. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy.

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Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

Despite the problems caused by the Corona-virus our Webshop and the contact forms on our website are fully available. You may also address your inquiries to customer-relations universaledition. Thank you for your understanding if our answer takes longer as usual because of the current restrictions. Your Universal Edition Team. In the past years we have had many losses in the world of music to mourn. During this time I was obviously at the point where I could recognize the magnitude of such a loss.

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Its appeal is often ascribed to its relative simplicity; a single melodic motif dominates and it both begins and ends with scored silence. However, as the critic Ivan Hewett observes, while it "may be simple in concept And even where the music really is simple in its audible features, the expressive import of those features is anything but. The cantus was composed as an elegy to mourn the December death of the English composer Benjamin Britten. Sign in or Register. Performances 1.

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Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten

Composed: Length: c. Evidently it was only in that moment that I matured enough to realize the magnitude of such a loss. Inexplicable feelings of duty, or even more than that, arose in me — I had just discovered Britten for myself. Apart from that, I had long desired to meet Britten face-to-face, but it was not to be. The three very quiet, widely spaced chimings of a lone bell that open the Cantus initiate music that casts a mesmerizing spell, enveloping one in its transcendental aura for the duration of the piece.

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Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten by Arvo Part

Its appeal is often ascribed to its relative simplicity; a single melodic motif dominates and it both begins and ends with scored silence. However, as the critic Ivan Hewett observes, while it "may be simple in concept And even where the music really is simple in its audible features, the expressive import of those features is anything but. The cantus was composed as an elegy to mourn the December death of the English composer Benjamin Britten. Due to its evocative and cinematic feel, the piece has been used extensively as background accompaniment in both film and television documentaries.

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