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At bar 65 the first violins hit middle Cand when they do they cease playing the A minor scale and simply play C continuously until the end of the piece i. The other half of the violins play notes from an A minor chord. However, a closer look at the processes at work in the Cantus, and a bit of insight into memkriam philosophies behind those processes, reveal much deeper layers of spiritual meaning. One person found this helpful.
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It is hauntingly beautiful and definitely food for the soul. This texture is maintained until the last section of the work, at which point the melodic voices gradually conform to the predominating chord tones. Like some of Arvo Part’s other compositions, the Cantus elevates– in an other worldly and beautiful way.
There is space in the music, openness for your mind to connect, and for me a kind of beautiful, haunting quality of things that might have been. Introspection Late Night Partying. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.
The melodic voice can be read to correspond with the mortal, the tintinnabular voice with the eternal — a dichotomy of body and spirit. This one note, or a silent beat, or a moment of silence, comforts me. In the past years we have had many losses in the world of music to mourn.
The cantus was composed as an elegy to mourn the December death of the English composer Benjamin Britten. Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. 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. Additional taxes may apply. 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.
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It 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. A scale of A with no black keys is in the Aeolian mode. Thus, before the final bell tolls, and as the M-voices melt into the triadic ether, the body doesn’t just descend into bfnjamin earth: AllMusic Featured Composition Noteworthy. You have exceeded the maximum number of MP3 items in your MP3 cart.
To these four pairs is added a single melodic line in the viola, the only one without a corresponding tintinnabular voice. Share Facebook Twitter Pinterest. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The second violins play exactly the same but an octave lower and at half the rbitten, which means they play 6 beats one bar of silence to begin, and appear to enter at the beginning of the second bar. Retrieved on 28 June Write a customer review.
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 world.
And besides, for a long time I had wanted to meet Britten personally — and now it benjqmin not come to that. 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. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.
Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell
Its appeal is often ascribed to its relative simplicity; a single melodic motif dominates and it both begins and ends with scored silence. 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 Cantus is quiet.
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