The tale of Sisyphus has two primary forms in western culture; firstly, the punishment of the Greek king Sisyphus to roll an immense boulder up a mountain, only for it to roll back down again, a task he must be repeat for eternity. Secondly, Albert Camus' 1942 phliosophical essay, The Myth of Sisyphus, which expounds the philosophy of the absurd, humanity's futile search for meaning and clarity in the face of an unintelligible world without a God or eternal truths. The influence of these two forms of mythos are readily apparent in this single movement for string quartet. A constant striving to break from rigidity and to achieve phrase closure is constantly thwarted, repeated material is varied, yet eventually breaks down into disorder.
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