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You will regularly receive information about new scores with free downloads, current prize games and news about our composers. This creates a striking effect, as the entire piece is set in the key of A minorso that in the dying echoes beenjamin the final bell, the last thing the listener hears is actually an A major chord contained within the overtones of the bell.

Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten for string orchestra and bell

I must have played it 15 times in a row – I love it. Thus, before the final bell tolls, and as the M-voices melt into the triadic ether, the body doesn’t just descend into the earth: Get to Know Us. At this stage the whole ensemble is playing an A minor chord very very loudly, and this continues for five bars, then on the second beat of the last bar they suddenly stop. Alexa Actionable Britteen for the Web.

Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. I am not a musicologist, nor czntus expert on the composer. Postimees, 12 June Then the violaswhich are the only voice not doubled, join in at quarter speed and another octave lower, the cellos at one eighth, and finally the contrabasses as one sixteenth.


And besides, for a long time I had wanted to meet Britten personally — and now it would not come to that. The composer, photographed in Christ Church CathedralDublin, Retrieved from ” https: The overall shape seems to follow the procession to the cemetery and the lifeless body into the grave. After the bell has struck there is a brief pause for three beats brihten silence, and then the first violins begin setting the pattern which the rest of the ensemble bejjamin follow at slower speeds.

It is hauntingly beautiful and definitely food for the soul. Here, however, the effect is subtle, because it arises solely from the overtones of a single strike of the bell, rather than from separate instruments or voices. This evokes the common Renaissance and Baroque technique called the ” Picardy third “, in which a piece set in a minor mode or key nonetheless ends on a major chord, evoking a ray of light piercing through the clouds, and suggesting hope, resurrection, or redemption.

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The piece is a meditation on death. The Cantus is quiet. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Each part except the viola is split into two, with one playing notes from the A minor scale, and the other playing only notes from an A minor chord i. Similarly the canttus voices gradually find the note that they have been seeking and once reached, they play it continuously until the end. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.


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January 27, Release Date: The church modes are formed by using the notes of the C major scale i. September 14, Label: Write a customer review. These notes start a fourth lower and drop in pitch only when it is overrun by the first. Half of the first violins begin playing the descending A minor scale, playing first one note from the very top of their range, then returning to the beginning and playing two notes, and then three and four and so on.

I had just discovered Britten for myself. I have read the data protection statement and agree to its validity. And even where the music really is simple in its audible features, the expressive import of those features is anything but. I listened to it the first time and I thought – hmm It continues to be struck in groups of benjakin widely spaced intervals for most of the piece, fading out for a time in the last 21 bars, only to reappear at the last.

Due to its evocative and cinematic feel, the piece has been used extensively as background accompaniment in both film and television documentaries. The aural result is that each of the melodic voices in the five instrumental groups plays brittne line at a different but proportional rate of speed, so that the first violins are 16 times as fast as the basses.