for String Quartet

Arvo Pärt

Score and Part(s)
Performing Ensemble: String Quartet
Instrumentation: 2 Violins, Viola, Cello
Item Number: UE034753
Number of Pages: 8 + 4x3
Duration: 10:00
Publisher: Universal Edition
Print Status: In Print


Quick Overview

Fratres (original setting for violin and piano) was commissioned by the Salzburg Festival and premiered on August 17th, 1980 at that very place. Composed in Pärt's very own Tintinnabuli-style, this piece allows many different settings because it is not bound to a specific tone color.

"The highest virtue of music, for me, lies outside of its mere sound. The particular timbre of an instrument is part of the music, but it is not the most important element. If it were, I would be surrendering to the essence of the music. Music must exist of itself... two, three notes... the essence must be there, independent of the instruments." (Arvo Pärt)

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Publisher ID UE34753