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Skye Boat Song

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John O'Reilly

Folk song arranged by John O'Reilly

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 1:55
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folk Song
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $48.00; (digital) - $48.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


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

  • Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This lovely Scottish folksong provides an opportunity to learn to play with expression. All instruments get to play the melody, which is further enhanced by the gently flowing accompaniment.

- Program Note from publisher

The Skye Boat Song is a late 19th-century Scottish song recalling the journey of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) from Benbecula to the Isle of Skye as he evaded capture by government troops after his defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Sir Harold Boulton, 2nd Baronet composed the lyrics to an air collected by Anne Campbelle MacLeod in the 1870s, and the line "Over the Sea to Skye" is now a cornerstone of the tourism industry on the Isle of Skye.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Florida: I
  • Louisiana: I
  • Texas: I. Complete


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