ONLINE DOSSIER: »SPIEGEL IM SPIEGEL« BY ARVO PÄRT
playingmusiconmars. “Arvo Pärt – Spiegel im Spiegel” 2010, accessed 09/06/2021, https://youtu.be/TJ6Mzvh3XCc.
»”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 couple of phrases characterized by the alternation between ascending and descending movement […]. This, with also the overturning of the final intervals between adjacent phrases […], contribute to give the impression of a figure reflecting on a mirror and walking back and toward it.«