| Concept Overview
The composer Martin Georgiev writes:
“During Covid-19 lockdown, like so many, I was overwhelmed by the sacrifices which health professionals were making on an everyday basis to save lives and alleviate suffering. To thank them in the only way I know how, I sat down and wrote music.
The result is this Violin Concerto which I humbly dedicate to all doctors, health workers, researchers and carers who thought about, and worked only for, others. In fact, they are always doing the same, day in day out, and not just in these challenging times. Over the years, I have often reflected on how we take their sacrifices for granted, and, for far too long.
My personal tribute is well overdue; and the inspiration for it to take the form of a Violin Concerto is the amazing Vasko whose artistry with the violin is what I heard in my head as I composed. Vasko mastered the work in the shortest time imaginable and so, together, we succeeded to record the entire piece with the speed of light. Unconventionally, this concerto is structured as 12 interconnected songs, sharing and developing 3 main ideas through 4 modes of expression musically.
The result is a recording of 12 segments which can be enjoyed as recorded, or, in any other sequence or combination. I intended for everyone, performer or listener, to have this freedom to choose different paths for the music to take in terms of content, emotion and meaning. Perhaps it is a more general quest for freedom, deeply missed at the time, that underpins many of the unconventional features of this Concerto, as well as the extremely varied use of musical language, bound together with the aid of the Morphing Modality technique.
It may be that you would prefer simply to experience the concerto as a whole and then make of it what you will.”
The concerto is structured in 12 movements that are not just unrelated separate pieces or a suite of contrasting ideas, but a dense web of internally related fragments, which can function as separate songs, or be dovetailed to form larger movements, in both cases suitable to be reshuffled in any sequence by the will of the soloist (or the listener, or even the computer, if you press the reshuffle button). The way that is achieved is such that 3 general musical ideas are materialised through 4 modes of expression, thus the resulting movements are interrelated in 4 groups of 3 songs each and at the same time 3 groups of 4 sounds each. Another way to think of it is to imagine a 3 movement Concerto being multiplied by a 4 movement Sonata, resulting in a hybrid of 12 densely interrelated songs. In that cross-fertilisation of genres, both the sophisticated and large-scale development of the Concerto genre and the immediate, fragile and relatable nature of the Song are present in this unusual concerto and it is up to the performer to decide which would be prevalent in each and every performance, depending on whether that is a live concert, a social media video, a flashmob or any other form of contact with our ever changing and ever more unpredictable audience.
Compositions by Martin Georgiev (b1983) have been commissioned, performed and recorded by the Brussels Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Kammerorkest van het Noorden, Sofia National Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium and Varna Symphony Orchestra amongst many. He was Composer in Residence to the City of Heidelberg in Germany and Embedded Composer with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. His works have been performed in concert and also broadcast in the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, USA, France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Greece, Poland and Israel.
Georgiev completed his Ph.D. in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he created his unique compositional technique – ‘Morphing Modality’. He is laureate of the TACTUS International Composers’ Forum in Brussels and has won many other awards including the Grand Prize for Symphonic Composition of the Sofia National Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2017, Georgiev’s debut album, Genesis, featuring orchestral works which he composed and conducted, was released to international critical acclaim on ICSM Records. Georgiev’s conducting career covers concert, opera and ballet performances across Europe.