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By Arvo Part

Violin, Piano
Composed by Arvo Part (1935-). Full score (study). With Standard notation. Universal Edition #UE017274. Published by Universal Edition (PR.UE017274).

Item Number: PR.UE017274

ISBN 978-3-7024-1471-9. With Standard notation.

Fratres (original setting for violin and piano) was commissioned by the Salzburg Festival and premiered on August 17th, 1980 at that very place. Daniel Hope, internationally acclaimed violin soloist, about the edition, says, "Fratres opened up my ears in a completely new way. Recently when I recorded it, I was extremely pleased about the edition by Universal Edition. A masterpiece needs an illustration that clearly depicts the composer's wishes, as it was done with this piece." Composed in Part'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 Part).

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  • January 11, 2012 good deal.

    Very interesting piece, in a good, solid edition. Price is also reasonable for a living composer's work. However, it will need a lot of work to make an audience like it.

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