Despite the problems caused by the Corona-virus our Webshop and the contact forms on our website are fully available. You may also address your inquiries to customer-relations universaledition. Thank you for your understanding if our answer takes longer as usual because of the current restrictions. Your Universal Edition Team. In the past years we have had many losses in the world of music to mourn. During this time I was obviously at the point where I could recognize the magnitude of such a loss.

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Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Dennis Russell Davies conductor. CD Tabula Rasa. ECM New Series Scored for string orchestra and bell. Duration 6 min. The composer has said: "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. Cantus begins with three bell tolls followed by violins, in high register, playing in the descending A minor scale.

Each subsequent string group enters an octave lower, beginning their descending scale at half the speed, in what is known as the prolation canon. Thus, five layers of melody in different registers and tempos are created, accompanied by tintinnabuli voices. The slowly descending scales create an effect of endless slow-motion falling, and of peace and sadness.

The entire composition resembles a single large-scale cadenza, with a tension that seems to want to avoid any final resolution. However, because the Soviet authorities refused to allow the composer to travel to England, Rozhdestvesnky cancelled the performance in protest, which in turn, caused a scandal in the international media. Dalkey Archive Press, London, , p. Show more Show less. World premiere Completion year Revision year Publishers Universal Edition.

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Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Dennis Russell Davies conductor. CD Tabula Rasa. ECM New Series Scored for string orchestra and bell.


Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten

His early musical training was severely limited and subject to rigorous censorship from the political authorities. An inability to encounter external influence from other composers was a significant drawback — other than a handful of illegally obtained scores and tapes there was very little contemporary music to access. There are compositions which demonstrate the neo-classical techniques found in the works of Prokofiev and Stravinsky, and there are flirtations with the serialistic, or dodecaphonic, techniques of Schoenberg, and his pupils, Webern and Berg. There is music which demonstrates intense Expressionism and an almost aggressive attitude to dissonance. This struggle was to last until he finally secured permission to emigrate, with his wife and two sons, in , settling firstly in Vienna and later in Berlin where he currently lives. Many of his early compositions were censored by the authorities. This led him to a period of contemplative silence during which time he wrote nothing, but studied Gregorian chant, early choral music and the development of polyphony into western music.

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