Rhapsody for Horn, Winds and Percussion (Van der Roost)

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Jan Van der Roost

Jan Van der Roost

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General Info

Year: 1995
Duration: c. 13:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: De Haske
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €283.99   |   Score Only (print) - €43.00


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

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This concert piece for horn and large symphonic band was composed in 1995 and commissioned by Bowling Green State University in Ohio. The work was dedicated to Herbert Spencer, the soloist who put together the first performance on January 26, 1996 in the BGSU concert hall. The BGSU Symphonic Band conducted by Bruce Moss accompanied him.

In this particularly colorful work, the immense sound possibilities of the solo instrument and band are fully exploited. The piece begins with a huge glissando in which sound unites from two directions to the pitch F. This spectacular effect symbolizes the large bell of the horn and immediately sets tonal poles. The first is the F tone center (also the basic tuning pitch of the horn), and the second is the interval of a tritone from F, the B tone center. The seemingly improvisational opening passage is based on a spiraling, widening series of tones ranging from F to B. This widening effect is meant to express the soft conical bore of the horn.

An Allegro Burlesco follows, which presents a rhythmic and dynamic theme. After a short cadenza comes a slow section full of dark sounds and punctuated by ostinato accompanying patterns. Here the band has the opportunity to show its true colors. The horn’s large concert range is also evident in this middle section. The Allegro Burlesco is resumed (with slight variation) leading to a spectacular coda, fully displaying the talents of the soloist. A reversed glissando brings the piece to a cyclical conclusion.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of the Pacific (Stockton, Calif.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Vu Nguyen, conductor; Bernard Scully, horn) - 4 March 2022
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Symphony Band (Zhong Hui Dai, conductor) – 9 February 2016

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