circle the correct answer: incremental personal changes do/do not create large scale environmental change

for contrabass flute and vibraphone/toms.


ca. 12'


Multi-locational ensemble A/B Duo commissioned this work. Flutist Meerenai Shim was getting a contrabass flute from Jelle Hogenhuis and coincidentally I wanted to get a contrabass flute from Jelle Hogenhuis, too, so it was density destiny that brought us together. She got a piece and I got a contrabass flute. Everybody wins.

There's been talk about how this idea of personal change is a distraction from the real problems of the world. For example, saving the environment has been shifted to a personal responsibility; yet, individual recycling is not really going to have the impact on the environment that a change in how corporations use resources would. Doing nothing feels wrong, of course, but what can one do that would really push wide-ranging change? That said, the sweeping changes in acceptance of gay marriage couldn't have started any other way than by individuals coming out, one at a time. It's not like this piece is going to change anything, either, but it does feature parsimonious change. So: Whose responsibility is it to instigate change? The flutist's? The percussionist's? The composer's? The listener's? What happens to the whole piece if a note is replaced by silence? What happens if this piece is performed? Or if it's not performed? Or if you only look at the notes and they only ever happen in your head? What difference does it make?

contrabass flute.

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