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Rogue River

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Ralph Ford

Ralph Ford

This work is the third movement of the three-movement suite She Flies with Her Own Wings.

General Info

Year: 2015 / 2019
Duration: c. 1:55
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $67.00; (digital) - $67.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute I
Flute 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
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Rogue River is a musical depiction of an exciting rafting ride located in the beautiful state of Oregon. The "Rogue" begins near the northern edge of Crater Lake National park, and, while making many twists, generally flows west through the Siskiyou National Forest, the Klamath Mountains, to empty in the Pacific Ocean.

Composed as part of the three-movement suite She Flies with Her Own Wings, the piece was commissioned by the Oregon Symphonic Band, Dr. Michael Burch-Pesses, Conductor, and was premiered by the ensemble at the 81st American Bandmasters Association Convention (2015), Reno, Nevada.

- Program Note from score

This sounds like a hidden track off one of John Williams's Star Wars scores, and it is amazing what Ford crams into what amounts to a two-minute fanfare. This is the third movement of a longer suite about bodies of water in Oregon; this one embodies a whitewater rafting trip and works as a stand-alone piece.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Works for Winds by this Composer


"New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist. 75/2 (October/November 2020), 61. Print.