Ripeness is a short concert-style overture that uses a  tetrachord, a nearly ubiquitous soundset found in modern literature, including music for concert bands, orchestras, and marching bands. This piece is perfect for the developing percussion ensemble.
Genre: Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 5
Level: Medium | Duration: 4:00
Percussion 1 (bells, xylophone)
Percussion 2 (bells, chimes, xylophone (can be shared with Percussion 1), suspended cymbal)
Percussion 3 (Vibraphone)
Percussion 4 (4-octave Marimba)
Percussion 5 Cymbals: sizzle cymbal, suspended cymbal (can use multiple ones throughout the work, at least one needs to be suitable for a drum-set-style crash), hi-hat, ride cymbal Drums: bass drum (horizontally mounted kick drum), bongos, four medium-range toms, “rocked-out” snare drum Other: 2 high-pitched woodblocks, cowbell (probably muted), wind chimes (mark tree or something else that randomly makes metallic sounds)
Ripeness is a short concert-style overture that uses, to the point of annoyance, a  tetrachord, a nearly ubiquitous soundset found in modern literature, including music for concert bands, orchestras, and marching bands. Ripeness is a legal term describing when a claim is ready, or ripe, for adjudication. Among other reasons, courts avoid unripe cases because the facts are too abstract. This work avoids any abstractness by delineating the overarching motive clearly. Moreover, by the end of this work, the  tetrachrod is certainly overripe and ready for the rubbish. This piece is for the developing percussion ensemble. The Northern Nash Percussion Ensemble (Rocky Mount, NC) commissioned Ripeness for performance at the 2006 Bands of America National Percussion Festival.