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In 2017 I wrote a violin concerto with a sizeable part for a solo percussionist, and some of the musical ideas inspired this piece, which took on a completely new life, particularly as I worked on making fun, challenging, yet not too intractable brass parts. Carefree and invigorating are the guiding moods, and the rattling flow of a braided river like many of our rivers is an image which sat in my mind.
I rather like, too the lines at the end of the poem 'The River in You' by Brian Turner (Victoria University Press, 2001):
that draws you back is the river in you
racing to keep time with the river sound.
So the piece is full of repetitions in a rondo-like mosaic: when ideas return they may be shorter, longer, altered in pitch or rhythm.
Suitable for secondary school orchestras and community orchestras
for David Squire and the Westlake Symphony