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Balfour Castle

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David Bobrowitz

David Bobrowitz

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 3:40
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications, C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $72.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-toms (high and low)
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Brilliant antiphonal fanfares announce this musical picture of an old Scottish castle by the North Sea -- followed by many "dialogues" between very unique choirs of winds and percussion.

- Program Note from publisher

Balfour Castle is an imposing multi-turreted structure, looking something like a castle from a Disney movie. It stands on the southeast end of the Orkney island of Shapinsay, Scotland, between the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea.

In 1782 Thomas Balfour built a home called Cliffdale on the estate of Sound. It was inherited by his grandson, David Balfour, in 1846. The following year he decided to build Balfour Castle. It was completed in 1848.

The last Balfour died in 1960 without an heir. Balfour Castle has been used as a deluxe hotel since that time.

Mr. Bobrowitz hopes that his Balfour Castle transports you to this bold and beautiful place, and that perhaps you can get the feeling that you're a guest at the Castle.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: II
  • Texas: II. Complete


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  • Bobrowitz, D. (2009). Balfour Castle [score]. Daehn Publications: New Glarus, Wisc.
  • David Bobrowitz website Accessed 23 June 2021