Paroxys premiered at National Portrait Gallery
Huw Belling’s Piece Paroxys was premiered at the National Portrait Gallery in London on Friday Nov 6, 2009. The piece for solo Viola accompanied the photograph below (courtesy of the Portrait Gallery Website).
Paroxys is a corruption of the word paroxysm: a sudden outburst of emotion. With its indeterminate pitch and rhythmic freedom, its spectral harmonics and unstable glisses, Paroxys intimates youthful innocence. It veers wildly about: tantruming, giggling, stamping, and coyly grinning.