|commissioned by Asmira Woodward-Page
GREENWAY was inspired by my new-found love of cycling around New York. After the Metrocard fare was raised more than 20% a few years ago, I decided that I would bike as much as possible, part protest part exercise. Ever since then, I’ve been spending a lot of time on the beautiful Hudson River Greenway, which hugs the West Side of Manhattan, in good weather and bad, in winter and summer.
I began humming strands of what became “Greenway” into my iPhone during a ride from Dumbo (Brooklyn) to our apartment on the Upper West Side.
Asmira Woodward-Page commissioned the piece to be a companion to H.F.I. Biber’s “Passacaglia“, and, in that, “Greenway” is a total opposite — fast, jaunty, optimistic. I envision it being played immediately after the Biber, and followed by a repeat of the Biber. In that, it becomes a sort of “Greenway Sandwich”.
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