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Beatitudes chord progression

November 9 2010 at 8:02 AM
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My musical training is not good enough to answer this and I don't have a copy of the music.

My question is this: Is the organ ending in the Beatitudes somehow related to the chord progression of the preceding choral part? It gives the impression that it "unwinds" the build-up of the choral piece.

Any help would be appreciated as a I am giving a talk on Arvo Pärt's music and would like to feature the Beatitudes.

 
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March 18 2013, 6:22 AM 

The short answer is: yes, highly related!

The organ passage which ends the piece is the exact same progression in reversed order. The point of retrograde is the C# major chord at the centre of the 'amen'. ie: (...A F#m ([C#]) F#m A C#m...).

The entire progression moves in a simple harmonic manner. He exploits vi and VI relationships in an ongoing pattern. Proceeding this pattern is a V relation which both finishes the previous sequence of harmonies and begins a new sequence.

eg:

F Dm Bb Gm Eb Cm [G]
I vi
i VI
I vi
i VI
I vi
i [V]


Let me know if you have any questions, I analysed this piece a while ago. Apologies for being three years too late.

 
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