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My musical choice: Spiegel im Spiegel


This week I offer the soporific Spiegel im Spiegel written in 1978 by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. This piece has been used many times in both TV and films. I am not too sure how I came across it, but I know I love it.

This is the piano and violin version, with Nicola Benedetti on violin and Alexei Grynyuk on piano. There are other versions out there with piano and cello, but I prefer the violin.

Born in 1935, Pärt completed his national service as an army drummer and then trained at Tallinn’s conservatory while working as technician in the music department of Estonian Radio. In 1980, after a prolonged struggle with Soviet officials, he was allowed to emigrate with his wife and their two sons, settling in Berlin. He wrote Spiegel im Spiegel (mirror, or mirrors, in the mirror) soon before his departure from Estonia. He has written scores for more than 50 films.

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Laura Perrins
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