Anne Akiko Meyers, plays Arvo Pärt, 'Fratres' 1977
I heard this piece, played by A.K.M. on the 1742 Vieuxtemps Guarneri, "Del Gesu" and found the composition hauntingly interesting.
There are also some great close-ups of the famous, 16 million instrument.
Is anyone else intrigued?
A beautiful video Jeff, thanks. 'Haunting' is a good adjective to describe it, and Arvo Pärt is a composer worth exploring. The piece exists in many other instrumentations/orchestrations. I don't know whether they are all Pärt's, or by other people.
One of my favorite pieces performed by one of my favorite players.
Surely not Tonica..? I can certainly tell that her top E harmonic sounds almost a semitone flat. Mine tends that way too.
I think she may be using Pirastro Passions.
Hmmm... maybe I'm in the wrong frame of mind, but I didn't much like that. Not at all meditative!
I don't have an umlaut key on my keyboard so I can't answer this question.
I am intrigued by the piece, but prefer this performance:
The strings look like Evah Golds on my monitor...not sure about the E, maybe a PI platinum? Whatever the strings, that violin sounds great...
Everything sounds great but the music bores me to death.
I'm with Cotton, I could never get into this piece. It might be okay with YouTube set to 2x speed. Like we used to do with our LPs, playing them on the "45" or "78" speed setting of our record players.
Here's a piece that is sort of meant to be inert, or as if it's kind of hanging there in time, but I think is very effective. It's a fun one to perform, at least.
I like Christian's phrase, 'hanging there in time'. It applies to almost all of Pärt's music that I know, and is certainly true of a lot of Messiaen. It's important for an audience to strike the same level of exalted stillness, or the music may seem simply to be stuck, going nowhere. Messiaen can ask an audience to sustain this for hours, for example, in 'Saint François d' Assise', which provoked the largest audience walk-out I have ever seen. The production was mounted in an indoor sports stadium: if my memory serves me right, only a hundred or so stayed till the end.
Totally agreed, Richard!
I'm more in tune with Cotton. Music that doesn't go anywhere (convey some sort of narrative, even one that can't be expressed in words) usually doesn't engage me. This, I think, is the essence of "holy minimalism". And I certainly couldn't sit still with that elephant.
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I also like Spiegel im Spiegel much better. The translation into English is "Spigots within Spigots."
What a tone-deaf piece to write in a time where conserving water is of utmost importance. Shame!
I always thought Spiegel im Spiegel was mirror in a mirror, at least that is what the classical DJ's occasionally mentioned.
Spiegel im Spiegel is really the only piece of his I really like. I can listen to his other pieces but won't go out of my way to do so. I used Spiegel im Spiegel to practice different types vibrato - unsure Part would have approved :)
@Steve - To me, Fratres does have plenty of motion, albeit it is movement from chaos to stillness - compare the beginning and the ending.
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