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Scottish Dance Suite

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Thea Musgrave

Thea Musgrave

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General Info

Year: 1959 / 1963 / 1977
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $225.10   |   Score Only (print) - $47.95


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
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 Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Scottish Dance Suite is based on traditional Scottish folk songs and dances, though several less well-known tunes are used. For instance, in the second of the four movements, one can hear the older tune of The bonnie Earl of Moray, and in the first movement, the tune is the one to which Burns wrote his famous poem Robin shure in hairst. In the last movement, two well-known tunes alternate, but at the end several of the tunes used in the work all combine together to make an exciting climax.

The Scottish Dance Suite was written in 1959 and first performed on the 17th August 1961 by the BBC SSO and conducted by James Lockhart. The first dance is dedicated to Iain Hamilton.

- Program Note from publisher, for orchestral version


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.) Band (Graydon Beeks, conductor) - 5 May 2019

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