Holy Roller

From Wind Repertory Project
Libby Larsen

Libby Larsen (arr. John Boyd)

General Info

Year: 1998 / 2004
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


Full Score
Solo Alto Saxophone
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Flugelhorn
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Gong
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The longest running revival meeting in America took place on Azusa Street in Los Angeles, California, and lasted from 1906 to 1909. Night after night, the Reverend William Seymour preached so passionately that he brought about an ecstatic outpouring from all that were there. They wept, shouted and dropped into dead faints. They spoke in tongues. They jerked uncontrollably. They danced in the aisles. It is said that the Pentecostal movement in the United States was born of this three-year revival meeting.

Holy Roller is inspired by classic revival preaching. To me, revival sermons are stunning musical masterpieces of rhythm, tempo, and extraordinary tension and release. The music flows directly from the language, cajoling, incanting and repeating, at the same time magnetizing and mesmerizing the listener with its irresistible invocations. The music is the language, the language is the music and the result moves the spirit to other states of being.

I love the way the saxophone speaks. Because of its incredible dynamic range and its flexibility, a fine performer can make the listener hear words, abstract though they may be. Holy Roller is a revival sermon captured in the sounds of the alto saxophone and piano.

- Program Note from composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Wind Ensemble (Justin J. Swearinger, conductor; Chase Romans, alto saxophone) - 1 March 2021
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Symphony (Scott Hanna, conductor; Stephen Page, saxophone) – 25 October 2019
  • Kansas State University (Manhattan) Wind Ensemble (Frank Tracz, conductor; Anna Wytko, saxophone) - 6 March 2019 (84th Annual ABA National Convention)
  • Kansas State University Wind Ensemble (Frank Tracz, conductor; Anna Wytko, saxophone) - 6 December 2018
  • Arkansas Tech (Russellville) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Daniel A. Belongia, conductor) – 4 February 2018
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.) Wind Symphony (Joseph W. Hermann, conductor; James Spinazzola, saxophone) – 2 October 2016
  • Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, Fla.) Wind Ensemble (Kyle Prescott, conductor) – 18 February 2016 (CBDNA 2016 Southern Division Conference, Charleston, S.C.)
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Wind Symphony (David Waybright, conductor) – 6 September 2011

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