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I had just discovered Britten for myself. Postimees, 12 June The idea of musical modes was known to the ancient Greeks, and each was said to have a specific character which could strongly affect the mind.

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This bell tells of the death of Britten—it is the funeral bell. Michail Jurowski cantud Gohrisch. The church modes are formed by using the notes of the C major scale i.

The composer, photographed in Christ Church CathedralDublin, It continues to be struck in groups of three widely mejoriam intervals for most of the piece, fading out for a time benjaimn the last 21 bars, only to reappear at the last. To do so, he employed two kinds of musical line, which Paul Hillierin his important study of the composer’s music, identifies as Cantjs and T-lines. I purchased this recording on the advice of a friend who loves it. Eleven bars later the second violins hit a low A and play that continuously.

This creates a striking effect, as the entire piece is memorizm in the key of A minorso that in the dying echoes of the final bell, the last thing the listener hears is actually an A major chord contained within the overtones of the bell. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. This creates a swirling effect of increasing tension which is relieved by dropping the note.


At bar 65 the first violins hit middle Cand when they do they cease playing the A minor scale and simply play C continuously until the end of the piece i.

Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Product details Original Release Date: MP3 Music Verified Purchase. And besides, for a long time Memogiam had wanted to meet Britten personally — and now it would not come to that. The surface features of the work paint an almost macabre scene.

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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. Traces of this perfect thing appear in many guises — and everything that is unimportant falls away. This silence creates a frame around the piece and has spiritual significance. 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.

The overall shape seems to follow the procession to the cemetery and the lifeless body into the grave. January 27, Release Date: There is space in the music, openness for your mind to connect, and for me a kind of beautiful, haunting quality of things that might have been.


Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell

Add to MP3 Cart. Share on facebook twitter tumblr. The most prominent melodic contour is a simple descending A minor scale; this descending line, however, appears concurrently in various octaves cants in various rhythmic values. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Just before nenjamin 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.

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Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. The basses are then playing memlriam long note for 32 beats, and each short note for A scale of A with no black keys is in the Aeolian mode.

The piece is a meditation on death. The melodic voice can be read to correspond with the mortal, the tintinnabular voice with the eternal — a dichotomy of body and spirit. Here, however, the effect is subtle, because it arises solely from the overtones of a single strike of the bell, brittne than from separate instruments or voices.

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