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Suite Provençale (Van der Roost)

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Jan Van der Roost

Jan Van der Roost

General Info

Year: 1989
Duration: c. 7:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: De Haske
Cost: Score and Parts - $172.00   |   Score Only - $38.00


1. Un ange a fa la crido - 1:10
2. Adam e sa Coumpagno - 1:50
3. Lou Fustié - 1:10
4. Lis Escoubo – 2:45


Full Score
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
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Side Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This four-movement suite is based on authentic folk tunes from the beautiful southern province in France, the "Provence". The composer used a harmonic language respecting the popular characteristics, but that on the other hand also contains some "spicy" notes (just like the well-known "Provençal sauce"! ...). The instrumentation is very colourful, paying a lot of attention to the different timbres of both brass and woodwinds as well as to the percussion section.

Every movement has its own character: Un Ange a fa la crido (An angel brought the creed / credo) is like a bourrée; Adam e sa Coumpagnou (Adam and his companion) is an old love song, Lou Fustié (the carpenter) a fast dance; and finally Lis Escoubo (a whistle tune / popular ballad) is a farandole. In the latter, the old tradition of folk musicians who play a whistle with one hand and a drum with the other hand, is clearly represented during the first presentations of the one and only theme.

- Program Note from publisher


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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A
  • Iowa: IV
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High B
  • North Carolina: IV
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: V
  • Texas: III. (Mvt. 4 plus one other mvt.)
  • Texas: IV. Complete
  • Virginia: IV


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Concert Band (Joel Pagán, conductor) - 9 May 2021
  • South Oldham High School (Crestwood, Ky.) Wind Ensemble (Ryan McAllister, conductor) – 16 December 2019
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Band (Cliff Croomes, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Campus Band (Rebekah Daniel, conductor) – 8 October 2019
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Tim Smith conductor) – 5 May 2019
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Symphony Band (Steven M. Knight, conductor) – 10 March 2019
  • University of North Texas (Denton) University Band (Brent Penshorn, conductor) – 20 February 2019
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Collegiate Winds (Michael Weintraub, conductor) – 19 April 2018
  • Austin (Texas) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) - 2 April 2018
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) University Concert Band (Jason Gardner, conductor) – 5 December 2017
  • University of Colorado Boulder Concert Band (Matthew Dockendorf, conductor) – 23 October 2017
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Concert Band (Benjamin Alaniz, conductor) – 30 April 2017
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Gold Campus Band (Cory Near, conductor) – 24 October 2016
  • Jersey Village (Texas) High School Symphonic II Band (Sixto Monteisnos, conductor) – April 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Jan Van der Roost website
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 419-426.
  • Perusal score
  • Roost, J. (1999) Suite Provençale [score]. De Haske Publications: Heerenveen, Holland.