The exquisitely simple piece for cello and piano, with a breathtakingly beautiful impact

1 July 2016, 15:40

A beautiful piece from Estonian Composer Arvo Pärt, with a sound-world inspired by the mood, majesty and ancient history of the Baltics.

Contemporary composer Arvo Pärt has a very distinctive style of composition, which he calls tintinnabuli. It means 'bell-like' – and the composer's representation of bells evokes so many of the ancient elements of his home country Estonia.

In his piece Spiegel im Spiegel, a simple arpeggio on the piano is combined with a slow-moving melody line from the cello (or in another version, the violin). The simplicity and stillness of the result is almost divine.

The title translates as 'mirror in the mirror', referring to a state of infinity. Hypnotically slow, the sparse accompaniment from the piano evokes perhaps the gentle drip of water or the tolling of a distant bell on the shoreline.

Viking Cruises take you to the stunning Baltic seas and the places that inspire Pärt’s beautiful music. And we think this exquisite, transporting and incredibly beautiful music might just provide the perfect soundtrack.

And if you like what you heard, you can discover more of Arvo Pärt's incredible music here