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Waitaki Reflections

for orchestra

Year:  2022   ·  Duration:  9m
Instrumentation:  piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, 2 percussion, strings

Year:  2022
Duration:  9m
Instrumentation  piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes,...

John Rimmer

Composer:   John Rimmer

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Sample Score

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Waitaki Reflections was composed in memory of Victor Bartley, a long-time friend and trumpet player. I performed with Vic first in the Auckland Junior Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra and also at the summer Cambridge Music Schools.

At the centre of the work, a laid-back bluesy trumpet solo provides most of the melodic material for the entire piece. This includes very rapid sections for each section of the orchestra which culminate in a boisterous finale. In contrast, gentle nocturnal sounds as in the opening, reflect on the environment of the Waitaki Boys High School.

Waitaki Reflections was completed on Waitangi Day 6 February 2022 and first was first performed at the Waitaki Summer Orchestra Camp on 14 January 2023.

Difficulty note

This work is suitable for a community orchestra

Dedication note

In Memoriam Victor Bartley

Contents note

single movement