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Concertino for English Horn and String Orchestra (1982)
Commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra 18 minutes

This work was commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra, and premiered by them in April, 1983; Leonard Slatkin was the conductor, and the Orchestra's English Hornist, Ferald Capps, was soloist.

In a review of the premiere performance, the Minneapolis Star and Tribune stated: "Running's Concertino is tonal and accessible on first hearing. Rather than perplexing the mind, the work caresses the ear - although it is more complicated than it sounds. The outer movements have a generally neo-classic character: clean, clear, trim lines and bouncy, effervescent rhythms. There is wit in the writing, too, and the work ends as though a punch line had just been given. The middle Chorale movement offers a total change in mood. Here Running gives the solo a striking theme - grave, reverent and nostalgic - a theme that winds and curls its way against a cushion of muted strings. The audience responded warmly. With this work, Running has enhanced the slim literature for English Horn and Orchestra."

Hear this music as performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, with Leonard Slatkin conducting and Ferald Capps as soloist: