🎻♫♪ – Fratres by Arvo Pärt

List Item: Listen to half of the 1001 Classical Works You Must Hear Before You Die
116/501Title: Fratres
Composer: Arvo Pärt
Nationality: Estonian

Randomness has, one again, gifted me with another short classical piece to – this time one that only runs for 10 minutes. Then again, there are enough variations and permutations of ‘Fratres’ that I could easily fill a few hours with the different ways that the composer decided to arrange it.

‘Fratres’ is also one of those rare pieces of this list where the composer, as of writing this blog post, is still alive. So alive, in fact, that he still ranks as one of the most played living composers – topping that list in some years. Given that he is also my first Estonian composer from the list, I wish I had known more about Arvo Pärt before my visit to Tallinn a number of years ago. Who knows, I might have heard the music somewhere and not even known it.

I know I will have heard ‘Fratres’ before due to its usage in There Will Be Blood. There is something about it that lends itself to being included in soundtracks because of how minimalist it is, how the moods and tempos change and it feels somewhat relatable. Like, this is one of those pieces where you can imagine a modern Fantasia would find it easy to put a narrative on it – hell I must have associated many different scenes with ‘Fratres’ on each listen. 

Pretty extraordinary piece.

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