Quandary

by Glenn Stallcop

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First Verse 05:11
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Second Verse 06:02
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Visitation 05:11
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This is a peaceful but probing album broaching some of the larger questions; those questions you sometimes ponder when you don’t have enough to do. it doesn’t suggest any answers, or at least any simple answers. It only suggests that the world is just way too complex to worry much about. Humans may be having a significant effect upon it, but Nature will find a way through it. Of course, it may decide we don’t have a place in the solution, but that would be our fault.

I tend to welcome complexity in my music. One reason I prefer spontaneity as a compositional technique is that it seems to enhance and encourage diversity and complex relationships. Instead of creating complex music from simple generators, like say j. S. Bach, I start complex and try to develop the relationships that I find. I, personally, think that this is closer to how we must cope with the real world, which is neither simple or static. But I am a pretty low-key person, as a rule, and I don't get tremendously worked up about it. Though that doesn't stop me from thinking about it.

QUANDARY sets out to blaze a path of discovery and exploration. There are several moments of interest, intrigue, and beauty along the way. But it choses not to dwell on any of them for very long. Life is too short, and the world is too large. The questions remain unanswered, but Nature is both unconcerned and undeterred.

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released November 26, 2020

Glenn Stallcop, piano, composer, cover artist

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Glenn Stallcop Phoenix, Arizona

Glenn Stallcop is a composer, pianist, and a long-time double bassist with the Phoenix Symphony. He has recorded many albums of piano improvisation over the last 20 years. He is a well-established composer with over 100 published works for orchestra, chamber music and vocal works, solo piano and double bass. ... more

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