The breathtakingly simple piece for cello and piano that's perfect

2 January 2018, 14:52

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

We're turning to contemporary composer Arvo Pärt for a very special work to give you that moment of peace.

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.

We think this exquisite, transporting and incredibly beautiful, other-worldly music might just provide the perfect soundtrack to lull you to sleep after the stresses and strains of the day.