Ask You Dance Me
for 14 instruments

James Rolfe
James Rolfe
Composition Date: 2008
Duration: 00:17:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piccolo
  • 1 x Oboe
  • 1 x Bass clarinet
  • 1 x Bassoon
  • 1 x Horn
  • 1 x Trumpet
  • 1 x Trombone
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
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Programme Note:
I have a fascination with dance music. Its intention is so innocent: it makes us want to dance. Yet there’s something sinister about the power of such simple music to carry us away. It must be strong stuff, infernal even: I think of Mozart (Don Giovanni, Act One Finale), of Stravinsky (Histoire du Soldat), of Funkadelic (Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow).

The Asko Ensemble of Amsterdam asked for this piece, so I played with their name: Ask You, Ask Me, Me Ask You Dance, Ask You Dance Me… A few dozen of these playful scribbles made up to a frame on which the first movement hangs. The second and third movements are based on popular songs, though they are filtered through other processes and music. The results are hardly danceable, being more a reflection on dance music.

Ask You Dance Me was commissioned by The Asko Ensemble with the assistance of The Canada Council for the Arts.

Premiere Information:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Asko Ensemble, Amsterdam
Conductor: Etienne Siebens


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 R746as
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • August 31, 2012
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (100 p.) ;
    100 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 120
    14 parts available for rent ([120] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
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