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Freedom's Sword

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Bruce Fraser

Bruce Fraser

General Info

Year: 1997, arr. 1999
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G and M Brand - British Music Publishers
Cost: Score & Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


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
French Horn I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbal (suspended)
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambours (for the winds)
  • Tom-Toms (4 sets of 2 Tom-Toms)


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Program Notes

This work was originally commissioned by Nigel Boddice for the West Lothian Schools Brass Band to play at the European Youth Brass Band Championships in 1997. Entitled "Devolution" to celebrate the setting up of the new Scottish Parliament. It appears in this revised versin for concert band with the title Freedom's Sword.

The opening section recalls days gone by when the Scots and English fought many a battle. The themes are derived from the well-known hunting song "Ca' the yowes". The horn calls and off-stage percussion sound of a distant battle and it gradually comes closer.

The centre section creates a mood of reconciliation with a dreamy Alto Saxophone solo. The last section now looks ahead with optimism and varius bright dance themes appear based on traditional Scottish reel tunes, one of which is a two part vocal scat section. The piece then heads for its conclusion including a full statement of the stimulus theme - "Ca' the yowes" (meaning call the sheep).

Program Note by Bruce Fraser


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