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EIBF review of Scarlatti and Cage with David Greilsammer and David Mitchell / Edinburgh Reporter

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David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas muses on the nature of boundaries – namely, the boundaries between noise and sound. The novel suggests that all boundaries are conventions, that one may cross "if only one can first conceive of doing so". It doesn't seem beyond the realm of possibility that Mitchell had this thought in mind when he and the acclaimed conductor and pianist David Greilsammer collaborated for their latest project: an evening of the piano sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti and John Cage, interspersed with Mitchell's writing, performed in the atmospheric setting of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

One of the best aspects of the evening was this breaking down of the boundaries – and the 300-odd years – that lie between Scarlatti and Cage. By juxtaposing the Baroque and the controversially avant-garde, Greilsammer illustrated not how these two composers are different, but how they are the same.

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