Red River Rush

By: Ben Snoek, op. 40
For: String orchestra
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Composer
Ben Snoek, op. 40
Year of composition
2011
Publisher
Difficulty
Easy (Grades 1-3)
Duration
2 minutes
Genre
Modern classical music
License details
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This song was written on the first day of summer vacation and evokes the spirit of excitement in Red River Rush. From the opening triplets; the work takes off in a frenzy of tremolos, leading into the opening theme stated by second violins and violas. Eventually the cellos play a variant of the melody, and the work slows to a beautiful (and virtuosic!) restatement of the theme by a solo violin soon picked up by the orchestra to be led into a beautiful coda. A perfect choice of music for starting the year or ending it!

Red River Rush celebrates my 40th opus and the excitement and joy of summer. The opening tremolo and other tremolo in the work should be played lightly, but enough to be heard. The piano part should be used and should be well-heard, for this adds to the effect of the work. Bring the bass section out around measure 17, because they hold the background for the cello melodies. In measure 35, the violin solo is cued in the Violin II part and the Viola part, so it can be played by either section or a combination. Around measure 31, the half-note tremolo should be evenly spaced with an obvious pause to indicate the next half note. Be careful around the ritardantos and fermatas. The final piano arpeggio may be played after the last note, separately, but should be played from the low D to the high A.

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