Rialto Ripples for Flute Quartet
Pan - Journal of the British Flute Society
Melanie Thorne’s arrangement of Gershwin’s 1917 ragtime tune brings Rialto Ripples to the flute quartet. Arranged for C flutes, Thorne uses the four parts to maintain the ragtime feel throughout, sharing the opening triplet motif between flutes one and two, whilst the swung quaver feel is persistent in the third and fourth flute parts. This arrangement provides challenges and interest in all parts, but do note that Flute 1 often soars into the third octave, the triplet motif itself reaching a high A, and Flute 4 has to deal with a number of transitions from low C. Exciting harmonies appear when the four parts are put together and the interchange of musical ideas become fully apparent between the parts. The well-spaced layout, with clear performance directions and alleviation of page turns, makes the piece accessible and easy to read.
From the Publisher
The great ragtime classic from Gershwin will challenge the swingability of any flute quartet. With its catchy rhythmic melody and constant toe-tapping beat in the lower voices, Rialto Ripples will bring smiles to any audience. Thorne's arrangement is faithful and brings the joy to all four parts.
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).