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Manhattan Roll

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Robert Beaser

Robert Beaser

General Info

Year: 1998 / 2010
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Schott Music Distribution
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - $69.95


Full Score
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 Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Anvil
  • Bongos (2)
  • Cabasa (2)
  • Claves
  • Cowbell (2)
  • Crash Cymbals (2)
  • Crotales
  • Drum Set
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (high)
  • Guiro (regular and metal)
  • Hi-Hat
  • Maracas (low and high)
  • Marimba
  • Military Drum
  • Ratchet
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Snare Drum
  • Steel Pipes (4)
  • Suspended Cymbal (2)
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam (2)
  • Temple Blocks (2)
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibra-slap
  • Wood Block (2)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Already beloved in its original orchestral version which premiered at the New York Philharmonic in 1998, the new transcription of Manhattan Rolls offers a challenging, unique and engaging addition to the wind band repertoire, and the premiere performance was the highlight of the 2010 Midwest Band Clinic.

Beaser comments on the original version:

Manhattan Roll is rather atypical for me: it’s highly rhythmic, whereas my music tends to be more lyrical, though also dramatic and rhythmic up to a point. Here we have a piece that starts loud -- fast and raucous -- and displays strong syncopation, mixing vibrant Latin-inspired rhythms with more traditional rhythmic notation.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned in a consortium led by Steven D. Davis and the UMKC Conservatory Wind Symphony, 2010.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Beaser, R. (2010). Manhattan Roll: For Wind Ensemble [score]. Schott: New York.
  • Vondran, Shawn D. "Manhattan Roll." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 934-943. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.