Red Rover

From Wind Repertory Project
Jess Langston Turner

Jess Langston Turner

Subtitle: Divertimento for Wind Band

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


1. The First Game
2. Order Is Restored
3. The Second Game – School's Out


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Piano Four-Hands
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drums (2: One "small crappy")
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Cowbell
  • Egg Shaker
  • Flexatone
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guiro
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Police Whistle
  • Ratchet
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Shaker (metal)
  • Slapstick (heavy)
  • Snare Drum
  • Squeak Toy (loud)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam (large)
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Whip
  • Wood Block (high)
  • Xylophone

Players chanting


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Red Rover is the composer's equivalent to driving while angry. It’s over-the-top. It’s too fast and too loud. It’s exhausting to play and conduct. I began work on Red Rover in early 2018, shortly after several tragic events had unfolded across the U.S., and what emerged was a dark, violent little divertimento on the theme of children's playground games.

To me, the game Red Rover perfectly captures human's penchant for tribalism and violence, all in an "innocent" school playground setting. Throughout the piece, you will hear heavy breathing, running feet, quotes from playground songs, singing, whispering, police whistles, a squeak toy, and a broken window. This marks the first time that I've ever told an ensemble "I want you to make the audience deeply uncomfortable."

Many thanks to Matthew De Lassus and the Ellington High School Band Boosters in Ellington, Conn. for commissioning this project.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by Matthew De Lassus and the Ellington High School Music Department.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

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