The Einstein Slide for Chamber Orchestra (printed and shipped)

Brian Ciach


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From the composer:

The Einstein Slide is a short chamber concerto inspired by a medical slide of Albert Einstein’s brain on display at the Mutter museum, a medical oddities museum in Philadelphia. Lucy Rorke-Adams, the neuropathologist who donated the slide to the museum, has found that Einstein’s brain is remarkably youthful for a man aged 76. “The blood vessels are gorgeous,” she says. To reflect this, the music is ever inspired and brilliant, undergoing constant shifts and a childlike exploration of material. Scientists have found that Einstein’s brain was lacking a complete Sylvian fissure, a type of wall separating the parts of the brain responsible for mathematical ability, spatial reasoning and three-dimensional visualization. Some argue that the synergy of these diverse segments in Einstein’s brain allowed him to think differently. The Einstein Slide evokes brain activity by swiftly shifting though different musical ideas. In my musical search for all things Einstein, I decided to begin the movement with a violin solo, an instrument that Einstein played. There is also the “musical equation” toward the middle of the movement, which is a musical representation of a mathematical formula in the form of a puzzle canon.

  • Brian Ciach

Orchestral parts included in PDF form on disc: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in E-flat, Clarinet in B-flat, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion 1+2, Piano, Violin 1+2, Viola, Violoncello, Contrabass (with C extension).

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Weight 10.7 oz


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