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Ye Banks and Braes

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Shawn E. Okpebholo

Traditional, arranged by Shawn E Okpebholo

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Subtitle: Scottish Folk Song Setting

General Info

Year: 1791 / 2004
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folk song
Publisher: Curnow Music Press, now Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $69.00  |   Score Only (print) - $14.00


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Program Notes

Sean E. Okpebholo has always had a strong appreciation for the pleasant and satisfying nature of Scottish melodies. Ye Banks and Braes, one of his favorites, is a sad love song that is presented in several ways in this piece, which is intended to keep the reflective feel. After a full statement of the melodic material, to keep with the Scottish tradition, there is a bagpipe effect in the winds, having some of the power instruments act as bagpipe drones, while having the oboe (cross cued by a clarinet) play the melody. The work ends with a restatement of the theme in a two-part cannon, reinforcing the fluid and pleasing character of this Scottish melody.

- Program Note from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Symphony Band concert program, 27 April 2018

The Banks O' Doon (Modern Scots: The Banks o Doon) is a Scots song with lyrics written by Robert Burns in 1791, sometimes known as Ye Banks and Braes (after the opening line of the third version). Burns set the lyrics to an air called The Caledonian Hunt's Delight.

- Program Note from Wikpedia


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  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Symphony Band (unconducted) – 27 April 2018

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