Rialto Ripples

From Wind Repertory Project
George Gershwin

George Gershwin and Will Donaldson (arr. Di Scala)

General Info

Year: 1917 / 2013
Duration: 2:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - contact Nick Di Scala, nick.discala@gmail.com


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II (doubling piccolo)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (2 on a part)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium (Bass Clef)
Double Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Timpani
  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone
  • Small Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Hi-Hat
  • Small 'chic' Cymbal
  • Sus. Cymbal
  • Bike Horn
  • Cowbell
  • Duck Call
  • Mouth Siren
  • Pop Gun
  • Ratchet
  • Slide Whistle
  • Triangle
  • Whip
  • Woodblock


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Rialto Ripples is George Gershwin's first published instrumental and his only piano rag. It has all the hallmarks of Gershwin's piano style merging ragtime with a piano novelty number. It's fun, delightful, a toe-tapper, and smile-maker. This concert band arrangement exploits the novelty aspect of the work with many brass and percussion effects.

- Program note by the arranger


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State Ratings

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  • Oakland (Calif.) Municipal Band (Troy Davis, conductor) – 14 July 2013

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