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Riffs 'n Ructions

for standard brass band

Year:  2011   ·  Duration:  6m 42s
Instrumentation:  Includes easy optional parts for cornet, baritone, E flat bass

Year:  2011
Duration:  6m 42s
Instrumentation  Includes easy optional part...

John Rimmer

Composer:   John Rimmer


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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 SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music 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.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the Nelson Brass Academy through SOUNZ Community Commission for the fifth birthday of the Academy

Performance history

10 Apr 2011: Nelson Brass Academy

08 May 2011: Performed by the Pelorus Trust Brass Band with conductor David Bremner at St Andrew's on The Terrace, in Wellington

24 Oct 2011: NZ Secondary Schools Brass Band in concert!

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