Beatifully printed music score, Spiegel im Spiegel represents the typical Part style: Set of performance parts. The deceptively simple solo voice is a true challenge. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. See all 5 reviews.
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To fully appreciate the beauty of Spiegel im Spiegel, we must go back a few years. Having tired of the brash, neoclassic style of his first published works see, for example, the Partita , and growing equally frustrated with the predominant serialist style of the day, he composed several works that seemed to reflect no style of his own, but rather comment on the inadequacy of and incompatibility between the choices at hand.
The principles of tintinnabuli are demonstrated clearly and elegantly in Spiegel im Spiegel. The basic technique calls for a combination of two types of voices: a melodic voice, that moves in simple stepwise fashion across diatonic scales; and a tintinnabula voice, which confines itself to pitches within the tonic triad. The chord tones follow certain variable patterns; in the case of Spiegel im Spiegel, the tintinnabular voice is the second note in each three-note accompanimental figure, which always falls on the nearest chord tone below the melodic voice transposed down an octave.
Thus, in the underlying and omnipresent F major tonality, a melodic voice on an A or G is paired with a tintinnabular voice on F; if the melody moves down to F, the tintinnabular voice drops down to the C, and so forth.
The striking lyricism of the piece certainly does not suggest the rigid guidelines with which it is constructed. Scored for violin and piano with the option of transposing the violin part down an octave to be played by a cello , the work is made of slow, steady lines ascending and descending in the violin part, over a serene and uninterrupted arpeggio accompaniment in the piano.
This texture is occasionally colored by low, sustained Fs in the bass and high, bell-like or, to use the word in its original context, tintinnabular consonances in the upper piano register.
The gentle lines in the violin are actually built according to a strict formula: beginning with the two-note scale G-A, the violin alternately ascends then descends to A by step.
With each subsequent ascent and descent, a note is added to the line. There is no sense of drama, tension, or ambiguity here--when we hear the violin leap to high G, we know the stepwise path it is going to take on its way back down to A.
The beauty of the tintinnabulum is not the construction of emotional trajectory, but rather the creation of an introspective atmosphere made of pure sonority. Appears On.
Spiegel im Spiegel
Spiegel im Spiegel, for violin & piano