for bass flute, viola and guitar (6 & 12-string)

John Palmer

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for bass flute, viola and guitar (6 & 12-string)

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Composer John Palmer
Year of Composition 2001
Duration ca.14'

Categories (all composers) ,
Catalogue ID ce-jp1s5


Over the past few years I have become increasingly interested in both the haiku literary form and the Japanese aesthetics of ma, a highly focused Japanese awareness of silence as a crucial musical event occurring between two sounds. The application of the haiku employed in still consists of 17 verses, each divided in 17 musical syllables (5+7+5). By so doing, I created a meta-haiku consisting of recurrent and interrelated segments. In still I have also explored microtonal differentiations in relation to different tunings of the guitar and the viola reinforced by the timbral flexibility of the bass flute. Additionally, I have conceived each of the three instruments as a complementary sonority of one meta-instrument.

still was commissioned by and written for Das Neue Kammertrio, and premiered by them at the Guitar Festival in Bad Brückenau, Germany, on 19th September 2001.