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Spiegel im Spiegel

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Arvo Pärt

Arvo Pärt

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General Info

Year: 1978
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano and violin
Publisher: Universal Edition
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
Horn in F
String Bass

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Spiegel im Spiegel (mirror(s) in the mirror) is a composition by Arvo Pärt written in 1978, just before his departure from Estonia. The piece is in the tintinnabular style, wherein a melodic voice, operating over diatonic scales, and tintinnabular voice, operating within a triad on the tonic, accompany each other. It is about ten minutes long.

"Spiegel im Spiegel" in German literally can mean both "mirror in the mirror" as well as "mirrors in the mirror", referring to an infinity mirror, which produces an infinity of images reflected by parallel plane mirrors: the tonic triads are endlessly repeated with small variations as if reflected back and forth. The structure of melody is made by a couple of phrases characterized by the alternation between ascending and descending movement with the fulcrum on the note A. This, with also the overturning of the final intervals between adjacent phrases (for example, ascending sixth in the question – descending sixth in the answer), contribute to give the impression of a figure reflecting on a mirror and walking back and towards it.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Many different chamber configurations exist of this work.


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Symphonic Band (John Carmichael, conductor) – 8 October 2019

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