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Patrick Spenranza

General Info

Year of Published: 2023
Publisher: Tapspace
Difficulty: Intermediate
Duration: 00:03:15
Cost: $39.00





Player 1: Glockenspiel
Player 2: Vibraphone 1
Player 3: Vibraphone 2
Player 4: Marimba 1
Player 5: Marimba 2
Player 6: Timpani
Player 7: Hi Hat & Finger Cymbals & Snare Drum
Player 8: Temple Blocks & 4 Concert Tom Toms & Suspended Cymbal
Player 9: Wind Chimes & China Cymbal & Ride Cymbal & Splash Cymbal & Brake Drum
Player 10: Triangle & Bass Drum


The ocean has always been a tantalizing blend of beauty, power, and danger — timeless in its allure and ever-changing in its moods. Riptide by Patrick Speranza captures this essence, weaving a tale that oscillates between tranquility and tempest. At the heart of the piece is a marimba soloist with decent command of four-mallet technique. The soloist begins with a lyrical chorale that paints serene shorelines and gentle tides. This soon takes a darker turn with an ostinato in 7/8 that bubbles up from the depths from the rest of the ensemble, and off we go. Rocking, half-time 4/4 grooves provide contrast and head-bobbing. Modern, accessible, and energetic, the piece stands as both a challenge for performers and a treat for audiences. Embrace the flow and exhilarating pull of the Riptide!

Works for Percussion by this Composer

Avalanche Lake - Percussion 13
Freerider - Percussion 10
Riptide - Marimba; Percussion 10
In The Sky - Percussion 10