Rollo Takes a Walk

Rollo Takes a Walk 2017-03-14T19:33:57+00:00

Project Description

Wind Ensemble
5 min.
Grade 3

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Hillcrest High School Wind Ensemble, Andrew Pettus, cond.
On the album Midwest Clinic 2009 (2010)

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Fl-2 Ob BbCl-3 BCl Bsn-2 ASx-2 TSx BSx | Hn-2 Tpt-2 Tbn-2 Euph Tuba | Timp Perc-3

  • Flute (2)
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet in B♭ (3)
  • Bass Clarinet in B♭
  • Bassoon (2)
  • Alto Saxophone (2)
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Horn in F (2)
  • Trumpet in B♭ (2)
  • Trombone (2)
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Timpani
  • Required Percussion (3 players)
For wind ensembles and concertos, please use one player per part. For symphonies and concert pieces, more players may be used as desired. David’s full statement.

Program Note

“Rollo” is complicated little idea, and when asked to explain it I am often at a loss. Rollo is a fictional character created by the American composer Charles Ives who lived from 1875 to 1953. Ives used Rollo in his writings about music as the model of an average person which conservative musical tastes. Ives would say “Rollo would really like that tune!” or “Rollo wouldn’t like that one at all!” Rollo was Ives’ measuring stick for a level of American popular taste. The irony was that Rollo wouldn’t have liked most of Ives’ own music. So, “Rollo Takes a Walk”: he moves about among tunes that he likes, and some stuff that’s hard for him. Finally, “Rollo” is simply a quirky little bit of fun, a bit of a musical cartoon. I hope you enjoy!

Program Note by David Maslanka


Further Reading

  • David Maslanka: Music for Young Wind Ensembles

David Maslanka: Works for Younger Wind Ensembles

16 July 2015|0 Comments

Here are more than twenty works for wind ensemble, arranged in approximate ascending order of difficulty, with commentary by David Maslanka

  • Mark Morette and David Maslanka

Recording the Wind Ensemble Music of David Maslanka

25 February 2015|0 Comments

Mark Morette of Mark Custom Recording shares his extensive experience in recording wind ensembles.