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Jan Van der Roost

Jan Van der Roost

General Info

Year: 1988
Duration: c. 12:10
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: De Haske Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €161.50   |   Score Only - €33.99


1. Andante Moderato – 2:55
2. Tranquillo – 2:40
3. Allegro molto – 2:15
4. Marcato – 4:15


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel (extended high range required (high D6))
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block


In Score and Parts:

  • Flute/Piccolo, mvt.2, 8th measure from rehearsal E: Eighth note at end of measure should be a B-natural, not a Bb.
  • Clarinet I, mvt.1, 9th measure from rehearsal E: Grace note should be a G#, not a G-natural.

Program Notes

The Puszta is the name of a vast prairie in Hungary, where gypsies often roam with their wild horses. In typical gypsy style, composer Jan Van de Roost wrote this original composition in 1988 that describes the temperamental, melancholic and flamboyant moods of the nomadic gypies of eastern Hungary. Written in four movements, subtitled Four Gypsy Dances, the exciting music of Puszta is bright, colorful and intriguing.

- Program note from Lake Oswego Millennium Concert Band

A versatile composer and arranger, Van der Roost is represented by works for wind band, brass quintet, orchestra, choir, chamber ensemble, piano, and guitar. His compositions have been performed on radio and television and recorded in over 35 countries. This suite of four gypsy dances was written in 1987. While having the definitive sound of authentic folk dances, the themes and melodies are all original. The dances alternate from bright and colorful to tranquil and melancholic, moods typical of gypsy music. Lying to the south and east of the Danube, the Puszta is the great Hungarian plain or prairie country that was home to nomadic shepherds and fierce horsemen. The region is noted as the original home of the celebrated Lipizzaner stallions.

- Program note by Marcie Phelan for the Ridgewood (NJ) Concert Band


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State Ratings

  • New York: VI
  • Texas: III. (Any two mvts.)
  • Texas: IV. Complete


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 527-542.
  • Perusal score
  • Roost, J. (1988). Puszta [score]. De Haske: Heerenveen, Holland