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THE ROLLING EARTH for concert band

The Rolling Earth by Robert Starer. Hear streaming audio on this page. Suitable for high school and middle school bands, and community bands, 3 1/4 minutes duration, Grade 3.


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The term "Rolling Earth" comes from a poem by Walt Whitman and the music is a celebration of the planet we live on. It has three thematic elements: the sequence of chords of the opening, a brief staccato passage passed around different instruments in the fashion of a canon, and an expressive melody first played by the woodwinds and later repeated by the trumpet, saxophone and euphonium. A gentler section comes to a point of contemplation, when a strong rhythmic motive brings it back to the celebratory mood of the opening.

Robert Starer




Robert Starer was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1924 and became an American citizen in 1957. He has taught at the Juilliard School and at Brooklyn College where he was named a Distinguished Professor in 1986. His orchestral works have been performed by Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Seija Ozawa and others.

His book, CONTINUO: A LIFE IN MUSIC, was published by Random House in 1987 and he is the recipient of an award by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.


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Performance by Donald S. George conducting the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Symphony Band.

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