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⇒ 6 more: 2. Push To The Limit • 3. Crash • 4. I May Stumble, I Will Not Falter • 5. Uphill Struggle • 6. The View • Title Page and Performance Notes
|Work Title||Runmainia Suite|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IRW 4|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||2016-17|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||15 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
|Instrumentation||3 recorders (various combinations)|
The title of the Runmainia Suite refers to the web presence of David Main. David runs. He generally runs long distances and likes to use his running to explore the lesser travelled parts of Scotland. In 2015 he ran from the most westerly part of the Scottish mainland to the most easterly part (at one point swimming a small part of the way) for charity. In addition to this, he produces occasional videos about his travels and what running means to him. They sometimes touch on issues relating to mental health, the theme of his main runs in 2016 and 2017. There’s more information about Runmainia at www.runmainia.com In 2016 David asked me to write some music that he could use for his videos. The music that follows is the end result. It was premiered at the Aberdeen Central Library on 24 March 2018.
The six sections that make up the Runmainia Suite follow the emotional journey of a run from its early morning stretches to enjoying the view at the top of a hill after a pretty tough ascent. In keeping with the terrain David explores, there is a Scottish influence to each section, but players and listeners will also notice influences from classical and pop styles as well. The work is approximately 15 minutes long and is scored for 3 recorder players of upper intermediate to advanced ability. The instrumentation changes regularly throughout, and those on the first and second parts need to be proficient in playing descant / soprano, treble / alto, and tenor recorders.
Demo recordings of each movement are available at www.soundcloud.com/little-league-rebellion
The score and parts have been made available for free to allow wider performance, but if you enjoy the work, please make a donation to the Scottish Association for Mental Health (www.samh.org.uk) in order to help it in the work it does to end mental health stigma and support those suffering from mental health conditions.