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Battery Park Suite

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Philip Rothman

Philip Rothman

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: V+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Philp Rothman
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $200.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


1. Metal
2. Drum
3. Wood
4. Finale


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion (5 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos (2)
  • Castanets
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guiro
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Ratchet
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks (5)
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom-Toms (2)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Blocks (2)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Battery Park Suite was written on commission from the New Trier High School (Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble. I envisioned a composition which would feature the group’s outstanding percussion section. While this piece certainly does contain a considerable amount of percussion playing, I also used the qualities of the different percussion instruments as an organizing and structural principle for the ensemble and the work as a whole.

In the first three movements, I limited myself to using only the instruments from a single group in the percussion. Thus, the four movements are as follows:

Metal - bright, shiny, brilliant;
Drum - resonant, echoing, but also distant;
Wood - sharp, biting, quick and rhythmic;
Finale - a reworking of earlier material, using all the different types of percussion.

The titles of the first three movements are also types of objects that one might encounter in a park. As a New York City resident, the titles of my recent compositions have recalled different aspects of this city. This piece continues that trend, evoking the downtown park that overlooks the harbor, but there’s an appropriate twist - “battery” is also a term for the percussion section of a musical ensemble.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Liberty University (Lynchburg, Va.) Wind Symphony (Stephen Kerr, conductor) – 21 March 2019
  • New Trier (Ill.) High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble – 30 April 2003 *Premiere Performance*

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