The Einstein Project for Choir


In May 2016 it will be one century ago when Albert Einstein published his final and most complete article on the Principles of General Relativity that would shake the academic world and change the way we look at ourselves and our position in the universe. Not just the academic world: writers, artists and musicians were immensely inspired by the novelty of Einstein’s discoveries and the ramifications for our understanding of what we are and where we find ourselves. The twentieth century would have been a very different one indeed, if it were not for the force and the impact of Einstein’s genius.

CoComposing Amsterdam is preparing a program honoring the great scientist Albert Einstein and celebrating the centenary of the publication of this influential article. The concert will have compositions based on texts of Einstein himself and about him, and about the consequences that his genius had and still has, on the world around us. We are making this program for a general audience and hope to perform it at Universities and physic departments as well as, at middle schools.

The concert

CoComposing Amsterdam composes an hour long concert of four or five compositions for choir, percussion and electronics. The percussion instruments will be played by the singers.

With an eye on consistency and coherence among the various pieces within the program.

The compositions will make use of texts of and about Einstein as well as, about the influence his genius had on the way we look at the Universe and our position in it.

Composer duo’s for this project are: Kaveh Vares & Anthony Dunstan, Aspasia Nasopoulou & Aleksandra Popovska, Andys Skordis & Aftab Darvishi and Enrique Mendoza & Olger Star.

Subjects and content of the compositions

Many aspects and possibilities of the human voice will be used within the context of the relation between time and space. The texts will be chosen from both life and work of the great scientist, as follows:

  • Einstein’s theory as expressed musically in time and space.
  • Einstein’s own words and texts put in a artistic and musical context and perhaps attaching a different meaning to the words.
  • Recordings of Einstein’s voice, perhaps elektronically modified and again, put in a different context.
  • By exploring the relation sound versus silence new experiences may be created.
  • Lesser known perspectives on Einstein may be highlighted.