flute, oboe, clarinet, violin and cello

Writing in 1942, French philosopher Albert Camus: «Sisyphus then looks at the stone rolling down in a few seconds towards that lower world from which he will be required to go back up with it again to the summit. He once again descends to the plain. It is while he is returning, during this pause, that I become interested in Sisyphus.» These absurd activities of Sisyphus interest me as well — this pause is overflowing with afterthoughts and memories. "One must" says Camus, "picture Sisyphus happy."

This work was commissioned by Ensemble Musica Nova (Sherbrooke Québec), to whom it is dedicated, thanks to a grant from the Canada Council.