Riffs ’n Ructions is a fun piece for brass band. As the title implies repeated rhythmic patterns(riffs) are subjected to interruptions(ructions). In the fast sections the percussion section provides the ructions. In the first slow, lyrical section a quintet of instruments is interrupted by loud chords from the larger band.
The piece is rhythmically charged with quasi- ragtime patterns contrasted by dramatic textures. In the latter, repeated regular rhythmic patterns are disturbed by irregular ones.
Riffs ’n Ructions opens out on two occasions for improvisations by the solo cornet and solo euphonium. Both players are asked to improvise on previous rhythmic ideas.
This work was created with support of the Centre for New Zealand Music (SOUNZ) Community Commission.
It was first performed by 100 brass and percussion players from the Nelson Brass Academy conducted by Nick Sharpe at the Nelson School of Music on 10 April 2011.
“Streets Ahead” is a duo for Tenor Horn and E flat Bass and draws on moods from three streets in Motueka in the ‘top of the south’.
The first ‘Whakarewa Street’ is a lively rhythmic dance in changing metres reflecting the bustling activity of this street where the local high school is situated.
Motueka Quay is a quiet reflection of the calm water near the Motueka spit where bird life is abundant.
Fearon Street where the Top 10 Holiday Park is situated, features another lively dance in which musical patterns are gradually transformed.