Rollo Takes a Walk

Rollo Takes a Walk2019-07-08T17:52:13+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

Maslanka Weekly: Best of the Web – No. 54, Walking

1 July 2019|0 Comments

Maslanka Weekly highlights excellent performances of David Maslanka’s music from around the web. This week we feature three of David’s works that reference his practice of walking: Song: "Fire in the Earth" from Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble, "Solvitur Ambulando" from Song Book for Flute and Wind Ensemble, and Rollo Takes a Walk.