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Impermanent Things

A meditation on the transient nature of beauty

This lyrical work gradually unfolds from a single note into an expressive rhapsody.  Its rich chords and elegant formal structure create a poignant and poetic elegy, a paean to all things treasured and fleeting.

Elizabeth talks about Impermanent Things on Minnesota Public Radio's "Regional Spotlight"


Item Instrumentation/Voicing Duration Level Audio Peruse Delivery Method (Print vs. Digital) Price Quantity
SEA-085-00 Viola, piano - Full Score and Part
7' MA Sheet Music $16.00
SEA-085-00DEL Viola, piano - Full Score and Part
7' A Licensed PDF $16.00
SEA-085-02 Cello, piano - Full Score and Part
7' MA Sheet Music $16.00
SEA-085-02DEL Cello, piano - Full Score and Part
7' MA Licensed PDF $16.00
Composer's Note: 

For centuries people have sought to appreciate the transience of life. It is expressed in Japan’s revered cherry blossom season and in Zen Buddhism’s meditation on the breath. While an appreciation of nature and breath are both part of my own spiritual practice, I had something specific in mind when I wrote Impermanent Things: my son Oliver, both infinitely resilient and hopelessly fragile (as are we all), and changing every day into the man he would become.

Unfolding from a single note, this piece grows more and more expressive as it comes into its own. In fact, I was astonished at how unrepentantly rhapsodic the piece became – like shrubs that bloom so lavishly in summer that one can’t see the flowers for the bees. This kind of indulgence is not necessarily what my music is known for, and yet here it is: One more way for art to help us make sense of this treasured and fleeting thing called life.


Viola and piano
Premiere: Evan Vicic and Elizabeth Alexander (St. Paul, MN)
Evan Vicic and Sharon Vicic (St. Paul, MN)

Cello and piano
Premiere: Lynn Angebranndt and Susan Svrcek (Redlands, CA)
Lynn Angebranndt and Brian Gant (Annapolis, MD)

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