Please DONATE to help with maintenance and upkeep of the Wind Repertory Project!

Lowlands of Scotland, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams (arr. Larry Daehn)

Subtitle: Alister McAlpine's Lament

General Info

Year: 1912 / 2006
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folk song
Publisher: Daehn Publications, through C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bells


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

English folksongs have traditionally been a rich melodic source of material for the wind band. Ralph Vaughn Williams wrote this in 1912 and it's one of the loveliest of the many hundreds he collected.

- Program Note from publisher

Alister McAlpine's Lament (The Lowlands of Scotland) is one of Vaughan Williams's mixed-voice arrangements of Scottish traditional melodies. Written 8in 1912, itss source is T.A. Smith's The Scottish Minstrel, published between 1820 and 1824. It is a sad song with words by Rovert Allan:

The lowlands o' Scotland will ne'er be my hame,
And there's no a hame on Earth for me,
The clans are a' broken and I am alane,
Thinking upon my ain countrie.

Vaughan Williams's creativity and his passion for folk music are abundantly conspicuous in this sensitive musical setting.

- Program Note by arranger


State Ratings

  • Florida: III
  • Louisiana: III
  • Mississippi: III-A
  • Texas: III. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Perusal score
  • Vaughan Williams, R.; Daehn, L. (2006). The Lowlands of Scotland : Alister McAlpine's Lament [score]. Daehn Publications: New Glaurus, Wisc.