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A chime for dead tolls grimly, while the string lines consist of perpetually descending minor scales over elongated pedal tones. The most prominent melodic contour is a simple descending A minor scale; this descending line, however, appears concurrently in various octaves and in various rhythmic values.

After the bell has struck there is a brief pause for three beats of silence, and then the first violins begin setting the pattern which the rest of the ensemble will follow at slower speeds.

This texture is maintained until the last section of the work, at which point the melodic voices gradually conform to the predominating chord tones.

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If you appreciate meditative music that provokes reflection, then this might be for you. Inexplicable feelings of guilt, more than that even, arose in me. 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. Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten for string orchestra and bell. Music for the Soul. The overall memogiam seems to follow the procession to the cemetery and the lifeless body into the grave.

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Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten for string orchestra and bell

Menoriam have discovered that it is enough when a single note is beautifully played. Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace.

Its appeal is often ascribed to its relative simplicity; a single melodic motif dominates and it both begins and ends with scored silence. The Silence of Being: The aural result is that each of the melodic voices in the five instrumental groups plays the line at a different but proportional rate of speed, so that the first violins are 16 times as fast as the basses.


However, a closer look at the processes at work in the Cantus, and a bit of insight into the philosophies behind those processes, reveal much deeper layers of spiritual meaning. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Even deeper meanings can be found in the use of tintinnabular technique.

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Please try again later. 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 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. The collection is produced well though the accompanying notes could be more informative.

Similarly the other voices gradually find the note that they have been seeking and once reached, they play it continuously until the end. The last to lock into place are the contrabasses which alight on a low A in bar