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Romanza (Ford)

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Ralph Ford

Ralph Ford

General Info

Year: 1991 / 2002
Duration: c. 4:05
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $56.00; (digital) - $56.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Very expressive and very romantic in sound is the best way to describe this lush composition by Ralph Ford. Quite easy to play from a technical perspective, it is a superb setting to work on musicality, with exceptional use of harmonic color and dynamic shadings.

- Program Note by publisher

Romanza premiered in January of 1991 at the Alabama Music Educators Conference, performed by the Luverne High School Symphonic Band (Luverne, Alabama) for solo flute and band. Commissioned by their conductor, Mr. Earl Franks, the piece was composed to feature his wife, Carol Franks, as the soloist. Mrs. Franks has served as professor of flute at Troy University (Troy, Alabama) for twenty-five years.

One member of the Luverne Band during that time, a clarinetist named Heather Alsbrooks, attended Troy University (then Troy State University) after her graduation from high school. Heather grew to provide great leadership to her collegiate band program. She was only a few months away from completing her degree in music education when her life tragically ended in a morning automobile accident on the way to school. In her memory, the original melodic material has been re-scored into a lyrical piece for the young concert band that I hope you, your students and your audiences will enjoy.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Georgia: III
  • Kansas: II
  • South Carolina: III


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Ford, R. (2002). Romanza [score]. Alfred: [Van Nuys, Calif.]
  • Perusal score