Arvo Pärt is one of those musicians and composers one will never forget after listening to the Spiegel im Spiegel and Variations for the Healing of Arinushka. To me it seems as if these two pieces of music were distilled to their absolute essence.

Chinese Embroidery on Silk – ca. 1890

There are many renditions of Spiegel im Spiegel (Mirror in Mirror), some for cello and harp, some for violin and piano. A highly recommendable article on Arvo Pärt sheds more light on this incredible artist.
The Chinese embroidery reminded me of mirrored reflections – sometimes these must not even be a true mirage, yet one has the impression of it being inseparably interwoven and connected.

The second piece of music: Please listen to the Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka (Variations for the healing of Arinuska).

Simply a button – combining purpose and beauty
Two round red buttons – form and function perfected
Arvo Pärt’s technique in his own words: “I have discovered that it is enough when a single note is beautifully played. This one note, or a silent beat, or a moment of silence, comforts me. I work with very few elements —with one voice, two voices. I build with primitive materials —with the triad, with one specific tonality. The three notes of a triad are like bells and that is why I call it tintinnabulation.”
Reducing and distilling one’s art to the very essence is aspired all fields of creativity, be it in painting, composing, sculpting, in architecture, mathematics, in writing and designing, and in textile arts. Even in friendships one can find such completely true and essential relationships, where most often no words are needed … to know and understand.
The pyrenees at sunset