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Watch this stunning performance of Arvo Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel

Robert Rowat

A recent article on Ludwig van Toronto aptly likened the minimalist purity of Arvo Pärt's 1978 composition, Spiegel im Spiegel, to the current Marie Kondō-inspired craze for decluttering.

"The piece was an example of Pärt’s tintinnabular style, which sought to strip the music to its bare essentials, leaving only a melodic line floating atop arpeggiated triads that hold the whole 10 minutes up like a pile of zen rocks," writes Michael Vincent.

While it's true that many people turn to minimalist music for a serene escape, we actually find it quite dramatic: the repetition serves to accentuate even the smallest musical event, be it a subtle change of harmony, a note that suddenly extends the piece's melodic range, or even an unexpected rest. The small becomes big; the temporary endures; the insignificant becomes epic.

We invited cellist Roman Borys and pianist Jamie Parker to play Spiegel im Spiegel in Glenn Gould Studio. Watch below.


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