Rollo’s Escalandé begins with a forceful arpegiating figure on piano followed by a disjointed flute melody. The opening scherzo dance-like flute motif emphasizes a discontiguous chromatic motion.
The middle section is built around a prominent tremolo figure that moves like countless bubbles through the ocean. Again, a flute line (first decending, then ascending) moves across the octaves as if floating on air.
The final section is constructed using block chords forming a three-part line. Each line enters at a different point in time, vying to overpower the others. Meanwhile, several motifs from the earlier sections return to join the conflict. Toward the end these three divergent sections align, resolving