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