Hebrides Suite

From Wind Repertory Project
Clare Grundman

Clare Grundman

Subtitle: Airs from Marjory Kennedy-Fraser's Collection, Songs of the Hebrides

This work bears the designation QMB Journal 314.

General Info

Year: 1962
Duration: c. 9:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $125.00   |   Score Only - $16.95

For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


1. The Peat Fire Flame - 2:20
2. An Eriskay Love Lilt - 2:45
3. Milking Song (Hebridean Game Song) - 1:35
4. The Road to the Isles - 2:00


Full Score
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Temple Blocks (2)
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Hebrides Suite, written in 1962 by Clare Grundman, is a collection of folk songs from the isles of the Hebrides. The Hebrides are a group of over 50 islands off the west coast of Scotland. The islands maintain a strong folk song tradition including the five folk songs in the suite. These folks songs were collected by Marjory Kennedy-Fraser in an effort to safeguard these beautiful airs and were first published in 1909 as a collection titled Songs of the Hebrides.

I. The Peat-Fire Flame
Far away and o’er the moor,
Far away the tramp and tread,
Tune and laughter of all the heroes,
Pulls me onward o’er the trail
Of the dream my heart may weave, lad, By the light o’ the peat-fire flame,
Light for love, for litl o’ grail-deeds,
By the light o’ the peat-fire flame,
The light the hill-folk yearn for.”

II. An Eriskay Love Lilt

I am sad without you,
Many a night is wet and cold
Visit and me, I am alone
Since I left the place
Where the bright love of my heart is
In my harp there is no music
Nor in my fingers yet
My kisses my sorrow I
got knowledge of the poem

III. Milking Song

IV. The Road to the Isles

A far croonin’ is pullin’ me away
As take I wi’ my cromack to the road.
The far Goolins are puttin’
love on me as step I wi’ the
sulight for my load

- Program Note from California State University, Long Beach, Symphonic Band concert program, 6 October 2016


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class BB
  • Florida: IV
  • Georgia: IV
  • Kansas: IV
  • Louisiana: III
  • Maryland: IV
  • Michigan: Senior High B
  • Minnesota: III
  • New York: Concert Band IV
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Ohio: OMEA High School Band B
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • South Carolina: IV
  • Tennessee: III
  • Virginia: IV


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Port Angeles (Wash.) High School Wind Ensemble (Jarrett Hansen, conductor) - 4 March 2023
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Spartan Youth Wind Symphony (Arris Golden, conductor) – 21 November 2021
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania Symphony Band (Jason Worzbyt, conductor) - 7 October 2021
  • University of Jamestown (N.D.) Wind Ensemble (Laura Lynch, conductor) – 27 April 2019
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Concert Band (Keith Taylor, conductor) - 25 April 2019
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Concert Band (Susan Arns, conductor) – 23 April 2019
  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Symphonic Band (Craig V. Hamilton, conductor) – 7 March 2019
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Hindsley Symphonic Band (Anthony Messina, conductor) – 3 March 2019
  • Scotia Band (Eureka, Calif.) (Kenneth Ayoob, conductor) - 26 August 2018
  • Tualatin Valley Community Band (Tigard Ore.) (Kevin Soon, conductor) – 18 March 2018
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) University Band (Michael Weintraub, conductor) – 14 November 2017
  • California State University Symphonic Band (Jermie S. Arnold, conductor) – 6 October 2016
  • Los Baños (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Cliff Brand, conductor) - 17 April 2015 (2015 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • Hanford (Calif.) High School Band (Janet Levine, conductor) - 20 March 2015 (2015 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Encore Concert Band (Orland Park, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) - 26 October 2014
  • Dakota High School Bands (Macomb, MI(?)) - 12 December 2012
  • Lakota West High School (West Chester, Ohio) Symphonic Winds (Chris Brandenburg, conductor) – 22 December 2006 (2006 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Kentucky 1800 (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Longfield) (1954/2006/2017)

All Wind Works


  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble. Volume I: A-K. Meredith Music Publications, 2004, pp. 132.
  • Grundman, C. (1962). Hebrides Suite: Airs from Marjory Kennedy-Fraser's Collection, "Songs of the Hebrides" [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: U.S.