Ingrid Stölzel (b. 1971) has been hailed as "a composer of considerable gifts” who is “musically confident and bold” by NPR’s classical music critic. Her music has been described as “tender and beautiful” (American Record Guide) and as creating a “haunting feeling of lyrical reflection and suspension in time and memory” (Classical-Modern Review). At the heart of her compositions is a belief that music can create profound emotional connections with the listener.

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    What's the best thing in the world ? 
    June-rose, by May-dew impearled; 
    Sweet south-wind, that means no rain; 
    Truth, not cruel to a friend; 
    Pleasure, not in haste to end; 
    Beauty, not self-decked and curled
    Till its pride is over-plain; 
    Light, that never makes you wink; 
    Memory, that gives no pain; 
    Love, when, so, you're loved again. 
    What's the best thing in the world ? 
    — Something out of it, I think.

Photo: Cristian Fatu

Photo: Cristian Fatu



The More Things Change begins at 2:11 in the episode. The version in the podcast was a live performance from September 8, 2012, in Kansas City, MO, by newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. 

The Road Is All begins at 9:08 in the episode. The recording used in the podcast features Anne-Marie Brown on violin, Lawrence Figg on cello, and Robert Pherigo on piano. It was released by Navona Records and is available through iTunes at: 


The Best Thing in the World begins at 13:57 in the episode. The version used in the podcast is a live performance from November 7, 2015, in New York,  NY, by Khorikos.

Genius Loci begins at 20:37 in the episode. The recording used in the episode is of a live performance on February 1, 2015 in Colorado Springs, CO, by Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, with Thomas Wilson conducting.