Accidental Music Festival is proud to present the world premier of John Alvarez’s “In the Beginning.” The piece, scored for big band and electronics, is a musical interpretation of the Big Bang in three movements. Here he explains the basis of the first movement, The Singularity:
“A singularity, according to the general theory of relativity, is an infinitely small, infinitely dense and hot point where the curvature of space-time and gravitational forces become infinite.
I imagined this singularity to be a small, black orb. Shortly, before the Big Bang occurred, I imagined the orb to cycle through what I call pulsations: a process in which the singularity would begin to grow in size but, due to its immense gravity, would eventually return to its initial state. With each successive pulsation the singularity becomes larger and larger and the process takes longer and longer. I imagined this singularity to have reached a critical mass at which point its gravitational force becomes too weak to keep itself together which in turn, results in the Big Bang. ”
Which is a bit drier than my description: this piece will make you feel infinitely small and infinitely dense, and then really thankful that you were able to hear it.