Polystylism is the combination of many styles in a single work. Although it is often thought of as a musical term, Polystylism can be found in literature, art, design and architecture.

Polystylistic works often present blunt juxtapositions of styles.

At the start of the project, students worked in collaborative groups to create a one minute film taking inspiration from 20th Century composer Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto No1 for Cello and Orchestra. Together, these films provide visuals to the whole of Schnittke’s Concerto and explore what happens when one style bumps against another. 

Thank you to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for their help and support with this project.