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Jan Van der Roost

Jan Van der Roost

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Subtitle: 4 Mosaics for Concert Band

General Info

Year: 1994
Duration: c. 12:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: De Haske
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €195.00   |   Score Only (print) - €39.00


1. Allegro deciso – 2:30
2. Vivace – 2:35
3. Mesto – 5:10
4. Presto – 3:00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Alto Horn/English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet/Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In this colourful composition, Jan van der Roost re-creates the energetic and multi-racial city life in Manhattan, using four contrasting movements. The opening movement is rather short and rhytmical. In the second Picture, a variety of musical entities accumulate into a coloured “sound curtain”, on top of which the brass section presents a broad theme. In contrast to the two previous movements, the third movement is extremely quiet, featuring the first flute, clarinet and oboe in broad melodies. Again, the orchestration plays an essential role. Following on a majestic “tutti” (almost “movie-like"....) the serenity of the very beginning reappears. Finally, the nervousness and dynamic style of the two first movements come back in an exciting apotheosis with rich and sometimes surprising instrumentation which explores the multiple possibilities of the large symphonic wind band to the full.

- Program Note from publisher

Manhattan Pictures is a four-movement work that is inspired by Manhattan and by America in general, albeit without following a concrete scenario, story, or script. The first movement depicts the skyline of Manhattan, the whimsical intervals and rhythms symbolizing the shapes of the numerous skyscrapers. The second movement begins simply, adding layers of ostinatos until a brass theme is introduced in the middle. Then the piece unwinds like it began. The third movement is slow and features solos by the flute, clarinet, and oboe. High energy returns with the final movement.

- Program Note from liner notes of Mark CD New York Pictures

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Georgia: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: VI


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • van der Roost website Accessed 17 October 2018
  • Perusal score
  • Roost, J. (1994). Manhattan Pictures : 4 Mosaics for Concert Band [score]. De Haske: Heerenveen, Netherlands.