Fragments of Profound Boredom
Instrumentation: Saxophone, Piano and Percussion
First performance by Synergia Trio - 12.07.2012, University of St Andrews (Scotland, UK)
Being somewhat neglected from the expressive palette of western arts, boredom is one of the most influential and frequently experienced emotional states of people in the western world. In his lecture “Die Grundbegriffe der Metaphysik” (“The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics”), the German philosopher Martin Heidegger devotes around hundred pages for a somewhat self-explanatory discussion about boredom and defines three general types of boredom. The deepest of them is named “profound boredom”.
In this piece, in addition to the narration of Heidegger’s texts by the performers, I try to express a boredom that lies below the daily provisional one, the underlying meaninglessness of the seemingly extensive activity, as well as to observe the way a profound boredom may influence the passing of time and its perception.