The Riff
for solo marimba, op. 69

Composition Date: 2005
Genre: Percussion, Solo / Ensemble, No Keyboard


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Marimba
Programme Note:
op. 69 (2005)

The Riff was written in 2005 for marimbist Catherine Meunier with generous financial assistance provided by the Ville de Sherbrooke. Inspired by the riffs, or catchy instrumental phrases used by blues, jazz and rock musicians, this solo work is an exploration into the essence of the riff as a musical entity. Based on the octave, as is the case with so many classic examples, fragments of the riff gradually emerge from the musical fabric, gradually asserting themselves into entire statements. These continue to develop as the piece gains in rhythmic intensity until it literally rips itself apart.

Now where the heck has that darn riff gone?


  • Call Number:
  • MI 7110 M1345ri
  • Genre:
  • Percussion, Solo / Ensemble, No Keyboard
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • October 15, 2010
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 partition (15 p.)
    15 Pages
  • Additional Information:
  • Pour marimba solo.
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