Beyond the Atom
Five Particle Pieces for Large Ensemble
Performed by the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra (2020)
Beyond the Atom (2020) is a composition that explores and presents five short movements that represent different subatomic particles that are fundamental to our universe. The first four movements, namely Quarks, Leptons, Gauge Bosons and Higgs Boson, present musical textures of varying sonorities; all rooted in their foward-moving direction. The fifth movement represents the undescovered: Gravitons. This theoretical particle has yet to be discovered and is considered the missing link needed for the famously coined “Theory of Everything”. Here, the music loses all sense of direction, time and metre, wandering in musical and extra-musical questions that have yet to be answered during the composer’s lifetime.
Programme note by the composer
23 Mar 2022