Arvo Pärt, born 11 September 1935, is an Estonian composer of classical and religious music. Since the late 1970s, Pärt has worked in a minimalist style that employs his self-invented compositional technique, tintinnabuli. His music is in part inspired by Gregorian chant and by Medieval music (Dufay, Machaut, Perotinus, etc...) His most performed works include Fratres (1977), Spiegel im Spiegel (1978), and Für Alina (1976). Pärt has been the most performed living composer in the world for five consecutive years.
Fratres, meaning “brothers” in Latin, is a composition that exemplifying his tintinnabuli style of composition. It is three-part music, written in 1977,without fixed instrumentation— a “mesmerising set of variations on a six-bar theme combining frantic activity and sublime stillness that encapsulates Pärt’s observation that ‘the instant and eternity are struggling within us.
The transcription for organ was made by Marco Lo Muscio in 1999.