for accordion and harpsichord
Rønnebæksholm as part of a composer-in-residence project
According to Greek mythology, Sisyfos was son of Aiolos, God of the Winds, and possibly father of Ulysses. During Ulysses' visit to Hades he discovers Sisyfos occupied with pushing a huge stone to the top of a tall hill. Right before he reaches the top the stone slips away from him, and he must move back and start his work all over again. And again and again- eternally. That is the punishment he has been sentenced because he defied the Gods when he once succeeded in cheating his way back to life after his first death.
Now a days we use the term "Sisyphean task" to describe a never-ending, backbreaking quest. The curse of labor!
But maybe the myth could as well be seen as pointing out the dialectic relation between process and result: Is it really the meaning of life to reach the top? Will that make Sisyfos happy? Or is it, after all, more meaningful to be constantly on your way, to be in the move?
This duo for accordion and harpsichord explores the relation between static and dynamic. In that respect: a true Sisyphean task...
Anka Zlateva, harpsichord
Adam Ørvad, accordion
The piece is part of the