Alexina Louie: Put On Your Running Shoes (2003)
This work, commissioned specially for 2000 Honens First Laureate Katherine Chi by Honens International Piano Competition and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, is a lively, virtuosic avant-garde boogie-woogie that was, in part, inspired by the composer's rediscovery of the Ligeti Piano Etudes.
Over a set, repeated running passage in the left hand, the right hand plays melodic fragments reminiscent of irregular and quirky jazz riffs. The hands exchange functions in the middle of the piece before returning to a quick recall of the opening section. The work is fast and constantly running. There is hardly time to catch your breath.