Hoe Down from "Rodeo"

From Wind Repertory Project
Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland (arr. R Mark Rogers)

General Info

Year: 1946 / 1996
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $12.95


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Hoe-Down opens by vamping the first bar of William H. Stepp's interpretation of the folk tune Bonaparte's Retreat, which will become a major theme of the section. After a reprisal of the Rodeo theme, the theme proper begins in the strings, as the horns play a simple counterpoint. Instead of building to a climax, this section segues into Miss McLeod's Reel, performed by various solo instruments. Copland briefly introduces the Irish theme Gilderoy in the clarinet and oboe.

Building toward the end, Copland reintroduces Bonaparte's Retreat in canon, before returning to the Rodeo theme, which slows into the climactic kiss between the Cowgirl and the Roper. Bonaparte's Retreat is then resumed by the full orchestra, which ends the piece with a grand fanfare.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Hoe Down from Rodeo is a dance within a dance. Here, Copland quite literally quotes dance tunes from the 19th century Anglo-American square dance tradition. After a rhythmic introduction that invokes the open-fifth tuning of fiddles, Bonaparte’s Retreat, McLeod’s Reel, and other tunes follow in close succession -- always in a strict tempo and regular meter. The Hoe Down exists in many versions, one made famous by a television commercial for beef.

- Program note by San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra concert program, 12 May 2012


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State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Tennessee: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Heart of Texas (San Antonio) Concert Band (R. Mark Rogers, conductor) - 1 October 2023
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (Mark Scatterday, conductor) - 17 October 2022
  • Dallas (Tx.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) - 1 October 2021
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) – 3 March 2019
  • United States Army Field Band (Washington, DC. (Jim Keene, conductor) – 11 November 2018 (Chandler, Ariz.)
  • Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) (James Osborn, conductor) – 8 November 2015
  • United States Army Band (Thomas H. Palmatier, conductor) - 19 June 2014
  • San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor) - 12 May 2012
  • Banda Sinfônica de Cubatão Regência (Ulysses Damacena, conductor) - May 2011

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Copland, A.; Rogers, R.M. (1996). Hoe-Down from “Rodeo” [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: [New York].
  • Rode, Wikipedia. Accessed 18 January 2020