The Bay State Sonata - for horn and piano, by Michael Donovan
The Bay State Sonata is a musical extension of my experiences living in the greater Boston area.
I: Boston: Liberal Thoughts, Liberal Sounds
I became immersed in the rich music culture of Boston while attending Berklee College of Music, Boston and New England Conservatory’s. The progressive sounds emanating from the halls of these schools may be unmatched in America. In a way…They seem to parallel the local politics!
II: Marathon Memorial - Boylston St. April 15th, 2013
The tragedy of April 15th 2013 is deeply reflected in this movement. I walked past the 2 bomb sites everyday while attending college in Boston. Years later I ran 4 Boston Marathons , finishing on Boylston St. It was personal.
III: Gloucester, MA
This "sea shanty" was inspired by a Robert Frost poem, “The Flower Boat” The poem tells the story of an abandoned dory which gets a second chance at fishing the Gloucester waves .