Loch Lomond

From Wind Repertory Project
Score Cover

Frank Ticheli

General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 6:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
Flute I-II (Flute I doubling Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto 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-III
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Ticheli’s setting of the famous folksong is simple yet charming, preserving faithfully the melody and adding interesting harmonic vocabulary. Loch Lomond tells the tale of two Scottish soldiers who were imprisoned at Carlisle Castle in England, following the Battle of Culloden Moor. One of the soldiers was to be executed, while the other was to be set free. According to Celtic legend, those who died in foreign lands had their spirits travel to their homelands through the “low road,” the route for the souls of the departed. The song is from the point of view of the soldier to be executed, who tells his friend “ye’ll tak’ the high road and I’ll tak’ the low road,” in effect saying that the freed soldier will return alive, while he himself would return in spirit. He remembers his past and the “bonnie lass” (pretty girl) he will never see again, and sadly accepts death.

Loch Lomond was commissioned by the Stewarton Academy Senior Wind Ensemble of East Ayrshire, Scotland, Nigel Durno, conductor. It received its premiere on 18 June 2002 by the commissioning ensemble at Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, Scotland.

- Program Notes by Nikk Pilato

At the time in Scottish history when Loch Lomond was a new song, the United Kingdom (which united Scotland, England, and Wales) had already been formed. But the Highland Scots wanted a Scottish, not an English, king to rule. Led by their Bonnie Prince Charlie (Prince Charles Edward Stuart) they attempted unsuccessfully to depose Britain's King George II. An army of 7,000 Highlanders were defeated on April 16, 1746, at the famous Battle of Culloden Moor.

- Program Note from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire University Band concert program, 26 November 2018


State Ratings

  • Florida: IV
  • Minnesota: III
  • Texas: III. Complete


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  • University of North Texas (Denton) Concert Band (John Clemons, conductor) - 25 September 2023
  • Fond du Lac (Wisc.) Symphonic Band (Evan Chancellor, conductor) - 25 March 2023
  • University of Wyoming (Laramie) Wind Symphony (Robert Belser, conductor) - 10 November 2022
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Symphonic Band (Michael Robinson, conductor) - 18 April 2022
  • Rivers School Conservatory (Weston, Mass.) Youth Wind Ensemble (Jason Bielik, conductor)– 1 December 2019
  • University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Fond du Lac Collegiate Wind Ensemble - 21 November 2019
  • Boston (Mass.) College University Wind Ensemble (Sebastian Bonaiuto, conductor) – 13 April 2019
  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University University Band (Jacob Carpenter, conductor) – 11 March 2019
  • Washington County (Va.) All-County Band (Onsby Rose, conductor) – 12 January 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Gold Campus Band (Liam Green, conductor) – 3 December 2018
  • Iowa State University (Ames) Concert Band (Javan Shields, conductor) – 2 December 2018
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire University Band (Randal C. Dickerson, conductor) – 26 November 2018
  • Stagg High School (Palos Hills, Ill.) Bands (Bob Mecozzi, conductor) 17 May 2018
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minn.) Wind Ensemble (Emily Sassick, conductor) - 12 May 2018
  • Pace High School Wind Ensemble (Florida) (Anthony Denaro, conductor) - 1 May 2018
  • Truman University (Kirksville, Mo.) Concert Band (Sara Wilson, conductor) – 7 March 2018
  • Western Illinois Showcase of Bands 2018 Honor Band (Michael Golemo, conductor) – 24 February 2018
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) All-Campus Band (Jennifer K. Bollero, conductor) – 5 December 2017
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Campus Band (Connor Fetting, conductor) - 29 November 2017
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Campus Band (Josef Ward, conductor) – 15 November 2017
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band (Thomas Gamboa, conductor) – 12 November 2017
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) University Band (Onsby Rose, conductor) – 10 October 2017
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, VA) Concert Band (Brian T. Harris, conductor) - 5 October 2017

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