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The Ripple Effect

for mixed ensemble

Year:  1995   ·  Duration:  11m
Instrumentation:  violin, cello, horn, flute (doubling piccolo), clarinet in B flat, piano and percussion with a prominent horn part

Year:  1995
Duration:  11m
Instrumentation  violin, cello, horn, flute ...

John Rimmer

Composer:   John Rimmer


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In this work one instrument, the horn, gradually triggers musical turbulences and dominates the ensemble. Consequently the music becomes increasingly virtuosic. The calm mood of the beginning is transformed into rhythmic and flamboyant textures as the 'ripple effect' grows and takes over.

The Ripple Effect was composed in 1995 and received its first performance in October 1996 at the Music Theatre, University of Auckland by the Karlheinz Company conducted by John Elmsly.

Performance history

13 Oct 1996: Premiered by the Karlheinz Company, University of Auckland

13 May 2001: Performed by Stroma with conductor Hamish McKeich at the Former National Museum Building, Buckle Street, in Wellington

30 Mar 2003: Performed by Stroma with conductor Hamish McKeich at Auckland School of Music, in Auckland

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