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Rollo Takes a Walk

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David Maslanka

David Maslanka

General Info

Year: 1980
Duration: c. 2:35
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos Co.
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-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
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum (with attached Cymbal)
  • Hi Hat
  • Snare Drum
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom Toms
  • Triangle, small
  • Whiz Whistle
  • Woodblock


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Inspired by Rollo, a character created by Charles Ives to represent ultra-conservative musical tastes, the composer takes us on a musical outing exploring commonplace musical ideas from a satirical perspective.

- Program Note from publisher

Rollo is a fictional character created by Charles Ives and used in his musical writings to illustrate ultra-conservative musical tastes. According to Ives, "Rollo is a weakling who could not stand up and receive the full force of dissonance like a man." All musical ideas in this work, though original, sound familiar, deliberately banal, and sometimes out of tune. The work was intended as a good-humored parody of earlier day concerts in the park as well as a means of providing some fun for both band and audience.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Rollo is a complicated little idea, and when asked to explain it I am often at a loss. Rollo is a fictional character created by the American composer Charles Ives who lived from 1875 to 1953. Ives used Rollo in his writings about music as the model of an average person with conservative musical tastes. Ives would say “Rollo would really like that tune!” or “Rollo wouldn’t like that one at all!” Rollo was Ives’ measuring stick for a level of American popular taste. The irony was that Rollo wouldn’t have liked most of Ives’ own music. So, when Rollo Takes a Walk he moves about among tunes that he likes, and some stuff that’s hard for him. Finally, Rollo is simply a quirky little bit of fun, a bit of a musical cartoon. I hope you enjoy!

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: III
  • Massachusetts: III
  • Virginia: IV


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Maslanka D. (1980). Rollo Takes a Walk [score]. General Words and Music Co.: Park Ridge, Ill.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 410.