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Riff Raff

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General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 8:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Fornine Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $295.00   |   Score Only (print) - $50.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Eb Clarinet
Bb Clarinet I-II-III-IV
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba I-II
Double Bass
Piano (optional)
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V

(Percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Riff Raff was born out of a recently renewed interest in post-war jazz and big band. The works of composers and arrangers like Kenton, Riddle, Graettinger, Ellington, and even the jazz-inspired sounds in some of Bernstein’s symphonic music conjure up images (in my mind anyway) of the “urban rebel” found within mid-century American pop culture. This idea of the brooding lone figure who forges through life on his own terms can be found in some of the fictional film characters played by James Dean and Marion Brando or in the hard-boiled detectives and heroes within pulp novels and film noir. What I find interesting about these characters is the double-persona that they usually possess. On one hand they exude an über-cool toughness and an “I don’t care what the world thinks” bravado. Yet internally there is often a conflicted and troubled soul in need of redemption.

- Program note by Ryan George


Commercial Discography


Audio Links


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Mast, Andrew. "Riff Raff." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 742-747. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.
  • Perusal score