Elliot Galvin Beginning of the Sharpness (2021)
Elliot Galvin piano
Geoffrey Paterson conductor
Programme Note: "Beginning of the Sharpness is about cycles and the absurd. How things move in patterns and yet are often unpredictable and can change direction completely without warning. It’s inspired by the traditions of improvisation and notation; how these two aspects of music can seem totally incompatible and yet somehow fit together. There is often a debate about which is superior and should be held in higher regard within music, but sound is sound and much like in society, diversity is stronger and more interesting than hegemony. There’s freedom in restriction and restriction in freedom and for this piece I’ve tried to blur the lines between the two. The title of the work comes from a quote in The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien that reads “What you think is the point is not the point at all but only the beginning of the sharpness”. " Elliot Galvin
Beginning of the Sharpness was commissioned by the London Sinfonietta. This film was recorded at the Southbank Centre at the London Third Stream concert on 17 November 2021, as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.
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Published: 8 Aug 2022