Run in such a way..."

From Wind Repertory Project
Stephen Hill

Stephen Hill

The title of this work is correctly written with quotes and lower case: "Run in such a way…"

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: SARAHTIM Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - Contact Publisher


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass (Electric Bass)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Congas
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-toms (4)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Originally written for my orchestra students at California High School, this band version adds the power of the woodwind, brass, and percussion sections. "Run in such a way..." is a reflection on joy. I was thinking of the quote by the 1924 Scottish Olympic runner, Eric Liddell: “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast! And when I run I feel His pleasure.”

The phrase, “Run in such a way…” is borrowed from a passage in the New Testament book of I Corinthians, chapter 9 verse 24. This setting work for band is a musical impression of the passage I learned during my childhood days at Sunday School.

Don’t you know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way to win the prize. Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable crown. So I do not run like one who runs aimlessly or box like one beating the air. Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after

preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”

I Corinthians 9:24-27 CBV

In 1972, the jogging craze of the time caught my attention during my eighth-grade year of junior high. When I learned that the PE teacher was going to give an A to the first four students to complete the warm-up run, I thought I could at least try for that. Being rewarded with an A was a motivating factor for sure. It took some time to get in shape enough to be one of the first four, but the daily trying paid off to the point where it became a consistent A.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • California: SCSBOA III


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • California High School (Whittier, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Doug Nordquist, conductor)
  • Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, Calif.) Concert Band (Kenneth Foerch, conductor)

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