Riff Raff

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General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 8:40
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Fornine Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $295.00   |   Score Only (print) - $50.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Tuba I-II
Double Bass
Piano (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V

(Percussion detail desired)


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 composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Autobahn (Flex instrumentation) (2008/2020)
  • Café 512 (Flex instrumentation) (2010/2020)
  • Jinx (Flex instrumentation) (2017/2020)

All Wind Works


  • 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