Of the Lower Patapsco

Composed 2021

Instrumentation

    piano

Duration 20'

Movements

    I. Cobblestones

    II. Promenades

    III. To the Chesapeake

Performed by

    Jonathan Shin, piano

Program Notes

 

    Of the Lower Patapsco materialized through the amalgamation of improvisations I recorded between late January and February, taking inspiration from Baltimore’s waterfront neighborhoods and promenades that I often bike through. “Cobblestones” personifies the ridiculously annoying hand laid stone streets of Fell’s Point, uncomfortable to drive on and plain awful to bike across – and almost the new owner of many purchased cups of coffee. “Promenades” mirrors a potential biking session along the beautifully winding waterfront walkways lining the Patapsco from the Inner Harbor to Canton on one side and, with some roads, to Fort McHenry past Locust Point. “To the Chesapeake” meditates on Fort McHenry’s seawall, looking towards the larger-than-you-think Key bridge and out to the majestic Chesapeake Bay proper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      - March 2 2021

Looking northwest from the Under Armour Waterfront Promenade, Baltimore, MD

Performance History

    04/28/2021 - Peabody Gathers, online event hosted by the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins

                         III. To the Chesapeake only

Joseph Foster Harkins

composer