for percussion and ensemble

John Palmer

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Composer John Palmer

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Catalogue ID ce-jp1w2


Waka was commissioned from and written for the Ensemble Omega in 2003. While the music was inspired by the idiosyncratic sparsity of Japanese poetry, its form springs from a close metric correlation between musical and literary declamatory forms. The ‘waka’, or ‘tanka’, is a Japanese literary form based on a 5-7-5-7-7 verse structure, which I have used as both metric and rhythmic impulse for this work. Can music be perceived as poetry? Can sounds emulate, equal, or even surpass the evocative imagery of verbal description?

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