Greenway (2012)

commissioned by Asmira Woodward-Page

GREENWAY was inspired by my new-found love of cycling around New York. Following a significant fare hike in New York City’s public transit system, 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.I.F. Biber’s “Passacaglia“, and, in that, “Greenway” is a total opposite, a counterweight — 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”.

“Greenway” was premiered at Bargemusic, in Dumbo by Elicia Silverstein on baroque violin. It was sandwiched between Biber’s “Passacaglia” and Berio’s “Sequenza” for solo violin.    It premiered during a splendid snowstorm, inspiring painter Adam Maeroff to make the painting, “Fiddler on the West Side Highway” (below).

“Greenway” has also been arranged for violin and cello as part of “Two Roads“.

"Fiddler on the West Side Highway" painting by Adam Maeroff
“Fiddler on the West Side Highway” painting by Adam Maeroff
CATEGORY solo instruments
DURATION 8-9 minutes
WORLD PREMIERE December 15 2017 at Bargemusic, Brooklyn (New York City)
WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMERS Elicia Silverstein, baroque violin
OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES premiered as part of “Two Roads” for violin and cello, with Kate Hatmaker (violin) and Alex Greenbaum (cello)
SCORE AVAILABILITY All arrangements are available for sale via PDF or mail delivery; arrangements for combinations not listed above may be commissioned on request. [contact for more info]

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