Seth Krimsky's Rabble Rouser immerses you in Music not Phone

Rabble Rouser

Seattle Symphony Principal Bassoon Seth Krimsky's new work Rabble Rouser is being premiered at the University of Washington Community Concert, on March 15th. Here Seth talks about his composition and what inspired him to write it.

Rabble Rouser was written specifically as an opener for this concert. I wanted to make sure that it was a short and somewhat energetic piece. While composing the piece, I read that the average person struggles to go more than ten minutes without looking at their phone. As a result, I've kept the length down to about half of that, just to (hopefully) keep everyone's attention. There are a few underlying ideas.

The name is derived from the proliferation of people who are empowered to trash talk anonymously, and unduly influence others on the internet. In this setting, the bassoon is an instigator. Everything the ensemble does is some type of reaction to the bassoon. The bassoon keeps trying ways to engage the public, to different results.

As a youth, my first instrument was electric guitar, and my first musical loves were rock and jazz. I have difficulty escaping those influences when I write. The wind consort is basically treated like a sax section. The strings mostly play an accompanying role. Many of the sonic effects are based on electric guitar techniques. The chords in the lyrical section are voiced as they would be on guitar. Rhythmically, Rabble Rouser is awash in syncopation. I hope you enjoy this brief vacation from your device. If you don't, I suppose you can go online and complain about it :)

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