Rail-Ride by Owen Middleton is a miniature masterpiece of programme music. From the opening four note train whistle the listener is transported into the cab ready to start the ride before momentum gradually builds and we hear the rhythm of the wheels against the rails. Mid-journey the engine needs to slow down but speed is soon built up again as we hurtle on towards the final destination.
Treat it as a campanella study for fine tuning your right-hand control or as an unusual and exciting concert item to have in your bag of tricks. Either way, a firm grasp of tempo, dynamics and articulation is needed to bring the music to life.
Approx. 3½ minutes long