Run 2020

Duration: 4 minutes

Difficulty: ★★★☆☆

Released: 2020.05.27

Players: (1) 3-5 cymbals, hi-hat, 3 drums, kick drum + electronic playback

Purchase PDF Sheet Music: $20.00

About “Run”

“Run” is a solo for drum kit + electronic playback.

“Run” was originally written for Duo Cortona (voice + violin) and won the Duo Cortona Composition Competition at the 2018 Cortona Sessions for New Music. In early 2019, I created a reimagining of “Run” as an electronic/pop song. From late 2019 to early 2020, I transformed the electronic version of “Run” into the backing track for the most current version: drum kit + electronic playback.

The key elements of the drum kit setup for “Run” are: (3) drums tuned to different pitches, (3) cymbals/metals tuned to different pitches, (1) hi-hat, + (1) kick drum. Experimentation with different sounds and instruments is HIGHLY encouraged. The setup I use in this video (and in the premiere performance) consists of: (1) kick drum, (1) snare drum w/ snares turned off, (1) rack tom, (1) floor tom, (3) 20″-26″ suspended cymbals, (1) large china/splash cymbal stack, (1) small splash cymbal stack, + (1) pair of drum set sticks w/ moleskin wrapped around the ‘butt’ end.

“Run” is intended to be performed without the use of a click track.

Electronic Playback (.wav) is included with the score.

Below are the lyrics to the original voice + violin version of “Run”

running back // through the field, you don’t know it

in the town // where I was born

in the skies // of your memories


can you see it? // is it burning hot?

in the city? // dying, burning, rot?


running // fire // flashing // burning // in the city

flashing // fire // throwing smoke into the air


smoke fills the sky // running out of time


burning brighter // for fear // fighter

running out // sky of cloud

running faster // burning brighter // fear or fighter


unknowing // running // it hits // the flame // deep inside

flame and ash // where it sticks // no sleeping here // tonight

darker than it // you would know


running out of your time // running out of your time

running out of your time // running out of your mind


your time running // your time running

and goes up in smoke

“Run” was premiered by Clark Hubbard on January 30th, 2020 in Ann Arbor, MI.

“Run” (original version) was premiered by Duo Cortona on June 1st, 2018 in Cortona, Italy.