Poem for the Absurd

for piano

John Palmer

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Composer John Palmer

Year of Composition



ca. 7'

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Catalogue ID ce-jp1pfta1


Poem for the Absurd was written between 1985 and 1987 at a time when I was strongly involved with the thought of Carl Gustav Jung. A personal reflection on the absurdities of contemporary life is reflected by the confrontation of two contrasting forces stated at the beginning of the composition: a loud and fast melodic statement opposed by a soft chord played at a slow tempo. The confrontation is soon intensified by a third dimension as the two axioms are projected on to an inward space illustrated by the resonances of the piano. In the early 1980s I also wrote a short text by the same title inspired by Jung’s cryptic writing Septem Sermones ad Mortuos. Such text may be read by a speaker before the performance.