Spiegel im Spiegel

I’ve been so busy this last week that I really needed to unwind a bit on Sunday morning, for which purpose I picked this beautifully spare and sublimely contemplative piece by the great Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. This music always makes me think of the first line of the Desiderata

Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence

..except of course that it’s not silent.

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One Response to “Spiegel im Spiegel”

  1. Mark McCaughrean Says:

    A truly beautiful piece of minimalist music, I’ve always thought. I have a lot of time for Pärt, as I think I’ve posted on your blog before.

    Interestingly, the version I have from his album “Alina” is 9:13 long, whereas your YouTube post is 8:17; I’ll have to listen to both to see if they’re just in different tempos (really slow as opposed to just slow :-))

    I haven’t met Pärt, but was in the Philharmonie in Berlin one night when one of his pieces was played (unfortunately, I can’t remember what it was any more), with him in the front row of the audience. He stood at the end and graciously accepted very well deserved applause.

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