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Reich, SteveRunner (2016) 16'
for large ensemble

Scoring total of 19 musicians (two ensembles) .
Abbreviations (PDF).

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World Premiere
Royal Opera House, London
Wayne McGregor, choreographer / Royal Ballet / Koen Kessels

Composer's Notes  
Runner, for a large ensemble of winds, percussion, pianos and strings was completed in 2016 and is about 16 minutes in duration. While the tempo remains more or less constant, there are five movements , played without pause, that are based on different note durations. First even sixteenths, then irregularly accented eighths, then a very slowed down version of the standard bell pattern from Ghana, fourth a return to the irregularly accented eighths and finally a return to the sixteenths but now played as pulses by the winds for as long as a breath will comfortably sustain them. The title was suggested by the rapid opening and my awareness that, like a runner, I would have to pace the piece to reach a successful conclusion.

Steve Reich, 2016


Commissioned by
Royal Opera House Covent Garden

Ensemble Signal
through New Music USA's Commissioning Music/USA program,
made possible by generous support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust,
the Ford Foundation, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts,
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Helen F. Whitaker Fund.

Cal Performances
University of California, Berkeley

Washington Performing Arts


Ensemble Modern
with kind support by the City of Frankfurt am Main

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