in these pockets of quiet

9 min.



Pitched Percussion

Strings, bowed


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Program Notes
in these pockets of quiet grew out of a long walk through Baltimore with a new friend in November of 2020. As we walked through the city, we paused at two of my favorite places; a small park cut out of the middle of a street in Bolton Hill and a spot along the water, behind the aquarium in Inner Harbor. I was struck by how suddenly the sounds of the city dropped away in both spots, leaving only faint echoes of cars and the eerily beautiful ring of the light rail’s brakes as they scraped through the neighborhood. There’s something strangely romantic about carving silence out of sound and finding moments of peace in the midst chaos. Throughout this piece you’ll hear the frenetic energy of downtown Baltimore, the squeal of the light rail, the echoes of the aquarium’s ambient music, and the reminiscent sounds of the wind chimes that hung in my alley in Charles Village. This piece is inextricably tied to Baltimore and the many beautiful sights and sounds you can discover when you take a moment to pause and listen.
Recording Notes
released November 13, 2021 Colin Crandal (percussion), Claire Hebeisen (violin), Andrew Bohman (recording engineer), Sean McFarland (mastering) license
Ensemble Name
Crandal-Hebeisen Duo