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Suite from Hymn of the Highlands

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Philip Sparke

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General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 17:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Brass band
Publisher: Anglo Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $189.00   |   Score Only - $38.95


1. Andross Castle
2. Alladale
3. Dundonnell


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Program Notes

The original version of Hymn of the Highlands for brass band comprises seven movements, all named after locations in the Scottish Highlands. It was from this work that the composer created this three-movement suite for concert band.

Ardross Castle (named for a small village in Easter Ross, just north of the Cromarty Firth) starts with solos from clarinet and bassoon (or euphonium) before a bagpipe-type tune is introduced. A faster central section uses the opening material in a different guise, but the movement ends slowly.

Alladale (the river Alladale is a tributary of the Carron, which leads out into the Dornoch Firth on the east coast) is a saxophone trio with an accompaniment that features percussion. This leads to the finale, Dundonnell (named after a charming village at the head of Little Loch Broom), which starts in martial mood but soon breaks out into a wild presto. Eventually the bagpipe tune from the first movement returns before the presto crashes to a close.

- Program Note from publisher

Not all of the original seven were considered suitable for transcription for concert band: The Sword Dance, Strathcarron, and Summer Isles (euphonium solo) are also available separately for concert band and can be added to the Suite to form a four- or five-movement work.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

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  • Jacksonville (Fla.) University Wind Ensemble (Chris Cresswell, conductor) - 16 November 2021
  • Prairie Wind Ensemble (Peoria, Ill.) (Jim Tallman, conductor) – 20 October 2019
  • Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City) Concert Band (John Campbell, conductor) - 27 April 2018
  • Idaho State University (Pocatello) Civic Concert Band (Thomas Klosss, conductor) - 21 April 2018
  • Foothill Symphonic Winds (Palo Alto, Calif.) (David Bruce Adams, conductor) - 7 December 2014
  • Contra Costa Wind Symphony (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (Duane Carroll, conductor) - 2 November 2014
  • National Taiwan University Wind Band (Liu, Shao-Tung, conductor) - 17 January 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Philip Sparke website
  • Sparke, P. (2002).Suite from Hymn of the Highlands: For Concert Band [score]. Anglo Music: Wembly, England.