"Spiegel im Spiegel," performed by Terri Moon (violin) and Ruth Schubarth (piano) at one of our Advent Evensong Services, December 14, 2017. Terri's notes below:
“Spiegel im Spiegel” for violin and piano was written by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt in 1978. The title 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. In the piece the tonic triads are endlessly repeated with small variations and each phrase has a mirror image as if reflected back and forth.
As I play this piece, I think about our Advent searching for the light of Christ to shine in our lives and in our world. When we look into a mirror we see the light shining from without and reflecting from our own image. Looking into the light of Christ, we see both our own failings and weakness more clearly, but also His love and grace. The longer we look towards His light, the more His beauty captures our hearts and draws us in.
This reminds me of Psalm 27:4 —
“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after;
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple."