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Rhythms and Riffs

By Brian Balmages

Concert band - Grade 2.5-3
Composed by Brian Balmages. Concert Band. FJH Young Band. Score and set of parts. Duration 3 minutes, 15 seconds. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.B1376).

Item Number: FJ.B1376

Rhythm becomes the focus of this contemporary work that is extremely suitable for contest or festival. As the title suggests, various grooves and riffs are built into the ensemble throughout as the piece develops harmonically, melodically, and rhythmicall
As the title implies, Rhythms and Riffs is a work that explores musical pulse, grooves, and various short motifs that recur throughout the work. It was my hope to compose a contemporary work of a serious nature that was able to explore various sounds not often utilized with younger bands. From the very first measure, the work sets a groove. Various instruments are layered atop each other until the entire ensemble is essentially functioning as a drum set.

About FJH Young Band

Appropriate for middle school and smaller high school groups. Second clarinets usually stay below the break. Parts are written with more independence, and instrumentation increases slightly. There is still adequate doubling in the lower voices. Grades 2 - 2.5

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  • 5

    Stafford, Virginia
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  • November 10, 2008 Great Piece!!

    This was played by Stafford County's All-County Honor Band 2008-2009. The students picked it up, and perfected it in only two days, along with four other songs, so it was a tad bit challenging. I would really recommend this piece.

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