Four Scottish Dances
Malcolm Arnold (trans. John Paynter)
1. Pesante - 2:10
2. Vivace - 2:10
3. Allegretto - 3:15
4. Con brio - 1:50
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
Harp (or Celesta/Piano if Harp not available)
- Bass Drum
- Cymbal (crash and suspended)
- Snare Drum
- Wood Block
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.
- See also Errata Studies for the Wind Band Conductor, Volume 1
- Corrections to the Topoloweski list
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.
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
- Florida: VI
- Maryland: VI
- New York: VI
- North Carolina: V (any 2 mvts.); VI (any 3 mvts.); Masterworks (all mvts.)
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- 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
- Millikin University (Decatur, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Corey Seapy, conductor) – 20 November 2019
- 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
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Concerto for Oboe and Strings (arr. Watts) (1952)
- Divertimento for Wind Octet (1988)
- English Dances, Book One (tr. Johnstone) (1950/1965)
- English Dances, Book Two (tr. Herbert) (1951/1989)
- English Dances, Book Two (tr. Sudduth)
- English Dances Set 2 (tr. Thompson)
- Fanfare for a Festival (arr. McDermott) (1955/1986/2000)
- Fanfare for Louis, 1970
- Four Cornish Dances (tr. Marciniak)
- Four Scottish Dances (tr. Paynter) (1957/1978)
- Four Welsh Dances (tr. Parkes)
- A Grand, Grand Overture (tr. Wilson)
- H.R.H. The Duke of Cambridge (1957)
- The Inn of Sixth Happiness (arr. Suzuki) (1958/)
- The Padstow Lifeboat, op. 94
- Peterloo Overture (tr. Sayre)
- Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo (tr. Paynter) (1963/1979)
- River Kwai March, The (1957)
- Sarabande and Polka from Solitaire (tr. Paynter)
- Symphony for Brass, op. 123
- Symphony No. 2: Allegretto and Vivace, op. 40 (tr. Parkes)
- Symphony No. 2: Finale, op. 40 (tr. Sudduth)
- Tam O'Shanter Overture, op. 51 (tr. Paynter)
- Trevelyan Suite, op. 96
- Variations on a Theme of Ruth Gipps (trans. Braddock) (1978/2019)
- Water Music, op. 82
- Arnold, M.; Paynter, J. (1978). Four Scottish Dances: For Concert Band [score]. C. Fischer: New York.
- Sir Malcolm Arnold website.