Arvo Pärt Meditation

Arvo Pärt Tabula Rasa; Spiegel im Spiegel; Fratres

“…Music must exist of itself … two, three notes … the essence must be there, independent of the instruments.” Arvo Pärt

The distinctive simplicity and hypnotic, mesmerising quality of the music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is deeply compelling and meditative. Performed in the resonant, crystal clear acoustic of St George’s Bristol, this concert offers a wonderful opportunity to retreat to a state of tranquillity, as the musicians of the Bristol Ensemble assemble on stage once again to make music for you.

In Tabula Rasa (Clean Slate), the 1977 work that brought Pärt’s music in the ‘holy minimalist’ style of tintinnabulation to a worldwide audience, melodies slowly emerge and evolve, built on progressions that are almost mathematical yet exquisitely beautiful. The 30 minute work is scored for violin, string orchestra and prepared piano.

The programme includes two instrumental works from the same revolutionary period: the tranquil Spiegel im Spiegel (Mirror in the Mirror) written in 1978 and scored for violin and piano, and the 1977 minimalist masterpiece Fratres (Brothers), a set of variations on a theme of rich harmonic chord progressions, separated by a percussion motif.

The performance will be accompanied by a visual show of striking celestial images.

Tickets £15 / £20 from St George’s box office on 0845 40 24 001 or online at

This event has been rescheduled from 15 November 2020, 14 February 2021 and 10 April 2021 –  all tickets purchased for the original dates will remain valid.