Lowlands of Scotland, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams (arr. Larry Daehn)

Subtitle: Alister McAlpine's Lament

General Info

Year: 1912 / 2006
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folk song
Publisher: Daehn Publications, through C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


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

  • Bells


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

English folksongs have traditionally been a rich melodic source of material for the wind band. Ralph Vaughn Williams wrote this in 1912 and it's one of the loveliest of the many hundreds he collected.

- Program Note from publisher

Alister McAlpine's Lament (The Lowlands of Scotland) is one of Vaughan Williams's mixed-voice arrangements of Scottish traditional melodies. Written 8in 1912, itss source is T.A. Smith's The Scottish Minstrel, published between 1820 and 1824. It is a sad song with words by Rovert Allan:

The lowlands o' Scotland will ne'er be my hame,
And there's no a hame on Earth for me,
The clans are a' broken and I am alane,
Thinking upon my ain countrie.

Vaughan Williams's creativity and his passion for folk music are abundantly conspicuous in this sensitive musical setting.

- Program Note by arranger


State Ratings

  • Florida: III
  • Louisiana: III
  • Mississippi: III-A
  • Texas: III. Complete


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  • Perusal score
  • Vaughan Williams, R.; Daehn, L. (2006). The Lowlands of Scotland : Alister McAlpine's Lament [score]. Daehn Publications: New Glaurus, Wisc.