©2015 by Ingrid Stölzel

The More Things Change (2012)

for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano and Percussion

Percussion Details:

Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, suspended cymbal, triangel, Tam-tam – 1 player

Duration: 7:30 min

Commission: newEar contemporary chamber ensemble

Premiere: newEar contemporary chamber ensemble, September 8, 2013, Kansas City, MO


Program Note: The proverb “the more things change, the more they stay the same” is usually taken at face value as a sentiment of dissatisfaction and weariness. Having been exploring the concept of time and impermanence in a series of works, I found myself questioning the validity of this uncontested statement. I came to realize that a more accurate statement might be “the more things change, the more my desire for permanence increases.” The tension between the awareness of impermanence and the desire for permanence created an inner dialogue that uncovered emotions, ranging from excitement to resistance to wonderment, which were invaluable to my creative process.

“The More Things Change” was commissioned by newEar contemporary chamber ensemble for the 20th Anniversary Season.