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Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten: String Orchestra

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COMPOSER: Arvo Pärt
PUBLISHER: Universal Edition
INSTRUMENTATION: string orchestra and bell
PRODUCT FORMAT: Study Score
This piece is Pärt's tribute to Benjamin Britten who died in 1976. Arvo Pärt: In the past years we have had many losses in the world of music to mourn. Why did the date of Benjamin Britten's death - 4 December 1976 - touch such a chord in me? During this time I was obviously at the point where I
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Composer Arvo Pärt
Publisher Universal Edition
Instrumentation string orchestra and bell
Product Format Study Score
Description Product Type Studyscore
Style Period Post 1901
ISBN 9783702470791
ISMN 9790008084126
UPC 803452067894
No. UE35536
Description
This piece is Pärt's tribute to Benjamin Britten who died in 1976. Arvo Pärt: In the past years we have had many losses in the world of music to mourn. Why did the date of Benjamin Britten's death - 4 December 1976 - 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. Inexplicable feelings of guilt, more than that even, arose in me. 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. And besides, for a long time I had wanted to meet Britten personally - and now it would not come to that.


'The last chord of Cantus is seemingly never-ending. It just stands there, neither growing nor decaying. Something has been achieved and it shouldn't be given up. The content of the whole work leads up to this point.' Nora Pärt

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