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for orchestra

Year:  2003   ·  Duration:  13m
Instrumentation:  2*2*2*2; 2210; timp., 2 perc.; hp; strings | (Perc: extensive standard percussion)

Year:  2003
Duration:  13m
Instrumentation  2*2*2*2; 2210; timp., 2 per...

Composer:   Juliet Palmer

Films, Audio & Samples

Introduction to Juliet Palm...

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Juliet Palmer: Swerve - AUDIO

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Sample Score

Sample: Page 25 - 29

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Sample Video

Sample: Excerpt from performance and documentary of "Swerve" by Juliet Palmer

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Writing Swerve began as an exercise in reading. A poem caught my ear and lulled me with its rhythm: lilting and stalling, flowing and overflowing the bounds of the line. Just as there are an infinite number of readers, so are there infinite ways of reading a poem. I wanted to capture these subtle variations of interpretation. The words which constitute poetry can be simple and familiar, but new meanings jump out unexpectedly from one reading to the next. I imagined a piece of music which travelled with the reader: pressing forward, pausing, repeating, circling back - a process of rereading in which certain images start to resound, gaining clarity with each recurrence.

Poetry doesn't reveal itself on the first reading. It is not until we reach the end of the music that we begin to understand what captivates us.

Juliet Palmer

Performance history

16 Feb 2004: Performed by The Windsor Symphony conducted by John Morris Russell

12 Sep 2007: 2007 NZSO-SOUNZ Readings 2

Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with conductor Kenneth Young at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington

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