“Runaway Train” began its life as a piece for a chamber group; then as a piece for larger brass choir, and finally as a piece for symphonic band. As the title implies, the work is rambunctious in character and filled with non-stop activity. The first theme is stated numerous times in different registers by contrasting groups. The second motive idea (m. 78) does not come until quite late in the piece and is of a more lyrical nature. The tempo should be 120bpm at a minimum but could be slightly faster, depending upon the proficiency and experience of the group.
Publisher: BoonesLick Press