Can you identify this piece of classical music?
September 14, 2017 5:14 AM   Subscribe

I heard this piece of classical music as the background to a video on Vimeo. It's uncredited. Anyone know what it is?
posted by merocet to Media & Arts (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I think it is Arvo Part, Tabula Rasa
posted by BillMcMurdo at 5:59 AM on September 14, 2017 [1 favorite]

Best answer: It sounds like it might be a version of Fratres by Arvo Pärt for strings & percussion (for example).
posted by misteraitch at 6:06 AM on September 14, 2017 [5 favorites]

Yes, sorry, it's a version of one of the pieces on the album I linked to. But definitely Arvo Pärt.
posted by BillMcMurdo at 6:42 AM on September 14, 2017

Had me fooled -- I thought it was Arvo Part as well.

Instead, it's an excerpt from the middle of Henryk Górecki's Symphony 3 -- Movement 2 -- Lento E Largo - Tranquillissimo. It's been transcribed for string quartet, of course, but start at about 5:20 and be as surprised as I was.
posted by ghostwriter at 7:27 AM on September 14, 2017 [1 favorite]

misteraitch has it, that's definitely an excerpt from Fratres. I listened to the Górecki, but it doesn't really match.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 11:50 AM on September 14, 2017 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Yes, miseraitch is correct but with a twist:
-- The example of the question has been slowed down so it sounds a a whole tone lower, giving the strings a somewhat eerier sound, which might be confusing when comparing.
-- Also the bass balance appears to be different in the two representations, more bass in the question's version.

Still, the question's example seems to be based on miseraitch's example, starting right at the beginning of it.
posted by Namlit at 10:25 PM on September 14, 2017 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Thanks all! My favorite version so far is this by the Berlin Philarhamonic. Great stuff.
posted by merocet at 4:10 PM on September 15, 2017 [1 favorite]

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