Arbos (Latin for “tree”) is one of Pärt’s early tintinnabuli works from 1977. Initially composed without a specific instrumentation, Arbos was premiered by the Early Music Ensemble Hortus Musicus with Andres Mustonen, to whom the the work is dedicated.
The musical structure of Arbos reflects the branching of a tree: a single trunk divides in two branches, which, in turn, divide in two, and so on. The attentive ear of the skilled listener is able to identify various layers in music. All voices start and finish their movement at the same time and the melodic fabric thickens as the descending melodic line gradually extends. This temporally differentiated movement paradoxically creates a sense of majestic immobility. It is as if we would see a s…
Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Dennis Russell Davies (conductor). CD Arbos. ECM New Series 1325
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Cabrillo Festival Orchestra , Kenneth Harrison (conductor)
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