Sea Change (2006)

Emily Hall

string quartet

Commission: Quatuor Bozzini

Program Notes

There are chords in the human heart — strange, varying strings — which are only struck by accident; which will remain mute and senseless to appeals the most passionate and earnest, and respond at last to the slightest casual touch. -Charles Dickens; The Old Curiosity Shop

Inspired by these words, this composition undergoes a significant change; stimulated by a seemingly insignificant event, the initially restricted music becomes richer and more liberated.