The documentary dedicated to prominent Ukrainian composer Valentyn Silvestrov. It is an observation, a confession, and, most of all, a story of great talent set against the backdrop of an uncertain time.
The world has heard and understood Silvestrov’s music language, but as a person and composer, he was formed in an environment which still remains a sort of enigma for the global audience. The growing interest in the New East countries produces a lot of stereotypes, creating rather imaginable than real vision. The film about Silvestrov is, among others, an opportunity to dive into his world, to see society through the eyes of insider and genius, and of course, to witness the birth of music.
If you ask me the name of a contemporary composer, I would say SILVESTROV first and foremost. He is definitely the most interesting composer of our time, even if the public will not appreciate him until later.
Arvo Part, Estonian Composer