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Four Scottish Dances

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Malcolm Arnold

Malcolm Arnold (trans. John Paynter)

General Info

Year: 1957 / 1978
Duration: 9:55
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Carl Fischer Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts - $100.00   |   Score Only - $24.00


1. Pesante - 2:10
2. Vivace - 2:10
3. Allegretto - 3:15
4. Con brio - 1:50


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra-Alto Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Cornet I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Harp (or Celesta/Piano if Harp not available)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-Tam
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


2nd Flute. mvt. 2, 1 meas. before reh. D (meas. 32): Key signature should read 1 flat only.
2nd Clarinet. mvt. 3, 2 meas. after reh. C (meas. 23): Key signature should read 5 sharps.
3rd Clarinet. mvt. 3, 2 meas. after reh. C (meas. 23): Key signature should read 5 sharps.
2nd Bassoon. mvt. 1, 3 meas. before reh. D (meas. 28), beat 1: add accent to E ; fix score also.
2nd Cornet. mvt. 4, reh. F (meas. 51): reh. F marking obscures the dotted quarter B natural at ff dynamic (same as meas. 53).
2nd F Horn. mvt. 3, 1 meas. before reh. E (meas. 36): G sharp should read G natural.
1st Trombone. mvt. 3, 2 meas. before the end (meas. 67), beat 2: remove duration dot from half note.
2nd Trombone mvt. 4, 1 meas. before reh. H (meas. 66), beat 3: add "open" to cancel straight mute.
Baritone B.C. mvt. III, 1 meas. after reh. C (meas. 22): key signature should read 3 sharps.

Page 8: Flute II, mvt. 1, meas. 29, should read "Correct the second note..." i.e., E should read D.
Page 11: Bassoon II, mvt. I, meas. 40, 41, should also include meas. 39 (conductor's opinion).
Page 12: Alto Sax I, mvt. II, meas. 48, 49, is a correction for the Alto Sax II part only.
Page 12: Alto Sax I, mvt. IV, meas. 51, is a correction for both the Alto Sax I and II parts.

Program Notes

These dances were composed early in 1957, and are dedicated to the BBC Light Music Festival. They are all based on original melodies but one, the melody of which is composed by Robert Burns.

The first dance is in the style of a slow strathspey -- a slow Scottish dance in 4/4 meter -- with many dotted notes, frequently in the inverted arrangement of the "Scottish snap." The name was derived from the strath valley of Spey. The second, a lively reel, begins in the key of E-flat and rises a semi-tone each time it is played until the bassoon plays it, at a greatly reduced speed, in the key of G. The final statement of the dance is at the original speed in the home key of E-flat.

The third dance is in the style of a Hebridean song and attempts to give an impression of the sea and mountain scenery on a calm summer's day in the Hebrides. The last dance is a lively fling, which makes a great deal of use of the open string pitches of the violin (saxophones in the band edition).

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

Audio CD: Arnold for Band, Dallas Wind Symphony (Jerry Junkin, conductor)

State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Maryland: VI
  • New York: VI
  • North Carolina: V (any 2 mvts.); VI (any 3 mvts.); Masterworks (all mvts.)
  • Texas: IV. (any three movements)


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  • University of Colorado Boulder Symphonic Band (Michael Roeder, conductor) – 28 February 2020
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.) Peabody Wind Ensemble (Harland D. Parker, conductor) – 20 February 2020
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Wind Symphony (David Kehler, conductor) – 19 January 2020
  • United States Air Force Band (Washington, D.C.) (Don Schofield, conductor) – 18 December 2019 (2019 Midwest Clinic)
  • University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 6 December 2019
  • Lamar University (Beaumont, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew McMahan, conductor) – 26 November 2019
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  • Connecticut (Fairfield) Symphonic Winds (Charles Brian Depaul, conductor) - 16 November 2019
  • Ohio University (Athens) Wind Symphony (William Talley, conductor) – 3 November 2019
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (Mark Scatterday, conductor) – 1 November 2019
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Wind Symphony (David Kehler, conductor) – 13 October 2019
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Wind Symphony (Shanti Simon, conductor) – 6 October 2019
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Robert Taylor, conductor) – 4 October 2019
  • University of Delaware (Newark) Wind Ensemble (Lauren Reynolds, conductor) – 27 September 2019
  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Robert Calonico, conductor) – 16 June 2019
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 9 June 2019
  • Yolo Community Band (Woodland, Calif.) (Bobby Rogers, conductor) - 1 June 2019
  • Strafford Wind Symphony (Sanford, Me.) (Bruce Gatchell, conductor) – 25 May 2019
  • University of Chicago (Ill.) Wind Ensemble (Chip De Stefano, conductor) – 19 May 2019
  • Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble (Boston) (Michael Mucci, conductor)– 15 May 2019

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