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John Rimmer

Composer, Arranger

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Born: 1939

Biography

John Rimmer was born in Auckland in 1939 and studied with Ronald Tremain at the University of Auckland. In 1967 he was awarded a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and studied at the University of Toronto with John Weinzweig and Gustav Ciamaga. He returned to New Zealand in 1969 and taught at the North Shore Teachers College before being appointed in 1974 to the staff of the School of Music at the University of Auckland. In 1972 he was the Mozart Fellow (Composer-in-Residence) at the University of Otago.

John Rimmer’s compositions use a wide variety of musical forces; instrumental, orchestral and choral. About a quarter of his works employ electroacoustic resources and many works are published and recorded. He has received honourable mentions for his works in competitions at the prestigious electroacoustic music festival held in Bourges, France and also at the Newcomp competition in Massachusetts. In 1986 his computer generated work ‘Fleeting Images’ received the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music prize at Bourges. Earlier, in 1983, his ‘De Aestibus Rerum’ (‘on the ebb and flow of things’) received first prize in the International Horn Competition held in the United States. In 1989 on the occasion of his fiftieth birthday his ‘Symphony: The Feeling of Sound’ was commissioned and performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and subsequently recorded in the orchestra’s CD series of New Zealand composers.

John Rimmer plays the horn and is the founder of the Karlheinz Company, an ensemble for new music at the University of Auckland. In 1971 he won the Philip Neill prize awarded by the University of Otago for his ‘Composition 2 for Wind Quintet and Electronic Sounds’ and again in 2003 for his string quartet ‘Bowed Insights.’ In 1977 he was awarded an APRA Silver Scroll for ‘The Ring of Fire.’ This work was one of the first commissions given by the Music Federation of New Zealand and was composed for the London Sinfonietta’s visit to New Zealand in 1976. In 1994 John Rimmer received the KBB citation of the Composers Association of New Zealand for services to New Zealand music. In 1995 he was awarded a personal professorial chair at the University of Auckland and in 1997 a Lilburn Trust award also for services to New Zealand music.

John Rimmer retired from his position at the University of Auckland in February 1999 in order to devote more time to composing. In 2002 and 2003 he was Composer in Residence with the Auckland Philharmonia, and in 2004 was Composer in Residence with the Dalewool Auckland Brass Band, and in 2005 and 2006 with the Manukau City Symphony. In recent years he has conducted brass bands, choirs and community orchestras as well as following a busy schedule of composing.

John Rimmer lives with his wife Helen at Tapu Bay, near Kaiteriteri, Nelson.


Composed (174)

A Cambridge Canzona

for brass quintet (brass band instruments), 5m


A Cambridge Canzona

for brass quintet (orchestral instruments), 5m


A dialogue of opposites

for cello solo, 13m


A Song of Humility

for solo soprano and SA choir, 3m


A Vocalise for Einstein

electronic music, 14m


Adieu KS

for solo violin, 3m


Agincourt

March for Brass Band, 3m


Alleluia

for SA choir, 3m


Alleluia

for SATB choir


An Inner Voice

electroacoustic work, 8m


Ancestral Voices

electroacoustic work, 15m


Anzacs Remembered

for baritone and standard brass band, 4m


Arioso-Spiritoso

for flugelhorn and piano, 6m


At the Appointed Time

for orchestra, 12m


At the Base of the Whirlpool

arranged for bass clarinet and cello, 10m


At the Base of the Whirlpool

for bass oboe and bass clarinet, 10m


At the Base of The Whirlpool

for 2 bass clarinets, 10m


Au

concerto for bass clarinet and ensemble, 13m


Autumnal Alleluias

for concert band, 6m


Autumnal Alleluias

for brass band, 8m


Beyond

for solo piano, 15m


Beyond the Call

A short celebratory piece for John Elmsly and Leonie Holmes on the occasion of their 60th and 50th birthdays respectively, 4m


Beyond the saying

electronic music, 21m


Bowed Insights

for string quartet, 10m


Breathalyzer

for orchestra, 7m


Brooklyn Dances

for 2 cornets, tenor horn, and either trombone, baritone or euphonium


Brooklyn Dances

for two trumpets, tenor horn, and either trombone, baritone horn, or euphonium


Brooklyn Dances

for recorder quartet, 7m


Brooklyn Dances 2

for wind quintet, 7m


Burning the Calories

for piano trio, 5m


Centrifugues

for piano, 10m


Cimarosa's Delight

for solo oboe, 2m


Cloud Fanfares

fanfare for orchestra, 4m


Clouds over Pirongia

for percussion quartet, 6m


Coils

improvised work for bass clarinet and marimba


Colder far than snow

electronic tape, 7m


Composition 1

for horn and electronic sounds, 5m


Composition 10

double bass and electronic sounds, 17m


Composition 2

for wind quintet and electronic sounds, 12m


Composition 3

for harp and electronic sounds, 10m


Composition 4

for flute and electronic sounds, 11m


Composition 5

for percussion and electronic sounds, 11m


Composition 6

For piano and electronic sounds, 11m


Composition 7

for bassoon, piano and electronic sounds, 10m


Composition 8

for violin and electronic sounds, 16m


Composition 9

for soprano and electronic sounds, 10m


Cosmic Dances

for recorder ensemble (minimum of six players), 8m


Cosmic Winds

for traditional Maori instruments (taonga puoro) and tape, 15m


Crow

for oboe and electronic sounds, 17m


De Aestibus Rerum

for chamber quintet, 14m


De Motu Naturae

electronic music, 16m


December Nights

for chamber orchestra, 12m


Dies Sanctificatus

for SATB choir, 5m


Emergence

for clarinet and percussion, 12m


Epitaphium

for solo violin, 8m


Europa

concerto for brass band and orchestra, 25m


Explorations-Discoveries

concerto for horn and orchestra, 20m


Extro-Intro

for solo horn, ring modulator and tape delay, 10m


Fantasia for organ

for organ, 8m


Fifty Apples for Eve

for flute and piano, 3m


Five Anniversary Haiku

for orchestra, 13m


Flashes of Iridescence

For solo piano, 4m


Fleeting Images

electroacoustic work, 12m


For the Kokako

for piano, 10m


Fragile Earth

for oboe and string trio, 10m


Frozen Continent

for soprano cornet and piano, 3m


Galileo

a chamber opera using for 6 singers, small chorus and 8 players, also using electroacoustic music and DVD of visuals, 1h 30m


Gawain Suite

for soprano, alto and tenor recorders, percussion (drum and tambourine); and cello, viol or guitar, 10m


Gossamer

for 12 solo strings, 9m


Hammerheads

for two pianos - eight hands, 10m


Hauturu - Where the Winds Rest

for bass clarinet, 9m


Hidden Treasures

for horn and orchestra, 11m


Homage to Paganini

electronic music, 6m


Iconoclasm

a single movement work for brass band, 7m


In Friendship

for SATB choir, 2m


Ingrid's Song

a microscore for alto flute


Iridescent Shells

for piano trio


Kakapo Reborn

for bass clarinet, bass trombone, cello, double bass, 9m


Kimbolton Serenade

for thee violins, 2m 30s


Kimbolton Serenade

version for three cellos, 2m 30s


Kokako Dreams

five pieces for flute, clarinet and piano, 10m


Lahar

for orchestra, 7m


Leafspin

for orchestra, 8m


Mahurangi

for solo viola, 10m


Manukau Refrains

for three percussionists and orchestra, 13m


Marathon

For cello and tape delay, 12m


Meeting Place

for orchestra, this work, originally written for the Auckland Youth Orchestra and has had many performances throughout New Zealand., 14m


Merger

for two horns and tuba


Metamusic

for flute and piano, 8m


Millennia

for brass band, 10m


Millennia

arranged for large brass ensemble and percussion, 10m


Motet for Hildegard

for soprano, oboe and electronic sounds, 12m


Murmures

for piano, percussion, flute, clarinet, violin and cello, 7m


Murmures 2

for clarinet trio, 10m


Narcissus

for soprano, flute, trumpet, cello, piano and percussion, 14m


Nativity

for SATB choir


O For a Thousand Tongues

arrangement of hymn by Thomas Jarman (1776-1861) for 4 part choir and organ, 4m


O For a Thousand Tongues

arrangement of hymn by Thomas Jarman (1776-1861) for 4 part choir and brass band


O Magnum Mysterium

for SATB choir, 4m


Octet

for 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons and 2 horns, 12m


Omarama

for trumpet, violin and piano, 15m


On the Way to the Airport

for brass quintet (brass band instruments), 9m


On the Way to the Airport

for brass quintet (orchestral brass version), 9m


On the Way to the Airport 2

for wind quintet, 9m


Pacific Soundscapes with Dancing

electroacoustic, 15m


People, Power and Pollution

electroacoustic work, 8m


Poi

computer generated sounds, tapes, 5m


Preludes of Light

for piano, 15m


Projections at Dawn

for B flat clarinet and electronic sounds, 12m


Psalm of the Cosmos

for SATB choir and piano, 3m


Pukeko

for soprano, flute/piccolo, oboe, horn, cello, piano, 6m


Refrains, Cadenzas and Interludes

for string quartet, 12m


Riffs 'n Ructions

for standard brass band plus easy optional parts for cornet, baritone, E flat bass, 6m 42s


Sacred Murmurs

for cello quartet, 5m 30s


Seaswell

for trumpet and electronic sounds, 13m


Second Journey

for wind quintet, 12 solo strings, 11m


Serenade

2 flutes, alto flute, bass clarinet, xylophone, vibraphone, 12m


Serenade 2

for wind quintet, 11m


Seven Character Sketches

for piano, 16m


Seven Summer Haiku

for SA choir, piano and percussion, 5m


Signals

for brass quintet and renaissance instruments, 5m


Singing Ocean

for junior wind ensemble, 5m


Sonata a 5

for brass quintet, 7m


Soundweb

trombone and electronic sounds with live delays, 14m


Southern Invention

for tuba and piano, 8m


Southern Invention

for euphonium and piano, 8m


Southern Invention

for bass clarinet and piano, 8m


Southern Invention

for bassoon and piano, 8m


Southern Invention

for cello and Piano


Star Song

for soprano and tape, 15m


Stellar Meditations

for brass band and two percussionists, 6m


Streets Ahead

Duo in 3 movements based on street names in Motueka, 8m


Streets Ahead 2

for oboe and bassoon, 7m


String Quartet No 3

for string quartet, 13m


Suite Helen

A suite for concert band of five movements, 14m


Summer Street

for clarinet and string quartet, 2m


Symphonic Triptych

for brass band, 15m


Symphony (1968)

for orchestra, 25m


Symphony: The Feeling of Sound

for orchestra, 25m


Tacking Duel

for two horns and percussion, 15m


Tenebrae

for SATB choir, 3m


The Agincourt Song

for brass band, 3m


The Dance of the Sibyl

for solo violin, 10m


The Divine Secret

for SATB with solos, piano and percussion, 6m


The Exotic Circle

for 6 recorders and 2 percussion, 6m


The Moon Rises Over Tapu Bay

for four horns, 4m


The Moon Rises Over Tapu Bay

for saxophone quartet, 4m


The Record of Music

for SSAATTBB choir, 10m


The Revelation of Increasing Complexity

for bass clarinet and percussion, 11m


The Ring of Fire

for 16 players, 18m


The Ripple Effect

for violin, cello, horn, flute (doubling piccolo), clarinet in B flat, piano and percussion with a prominent horn part, 11m


Thermal Labyrinths

for brass band, 14m


Three Pieces for Double Piano Duet

for two pianos, 8 hands, 10m


Tides

for solo horn and electronic sounds, 11m


Transcend: Concerto for Orchestra

single movement concerto for orchestra


Transcendental Fragments

for wind trio, 5m


Tritones

for horn and synth. (Casio CZ 5000), 14m


Ubi Eum Crucifixerunt

for soprano and oboe, 4m


Ubique

arrangement for concert band, 4m


Ubique

concert march for brass band, 4m


Viola Concerto

for viola and orchestra, 27m


Visions 1

for two SATB choirs, soprano and baritone soloists and electronic sounds, 15m


Voyager

recorders and electronic sounds, 10m


Vulcan

fanfare for orchestra, 4m


Whakaari

for solo treble recorder, 8m


Where Sea Meets Sky 1

electronic music, 8m


Where Sea Meets Sky 2

for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion, 10m


White Island

electronic music, 7m


With the Current

for flute, cello, percussion and piano, 10m


Your Piano Is My Forte

concerto for piano and orchestra, 17m



Arranged (2)

O For a Thousand Tongues

arrangement of hymn by Thomas Jarman (1776-1861) for 4 part choir and organ, 4m



Commissioned (1)

Six Watercolours

six songs for voice, clarinet in B flat, violoncello and piano