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Three Celtic Dances

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Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 7:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


1. Reel – 1:27
2. Air – 2:50
3. Jig – 3:00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon 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-III
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine (1 normal, 1 mounted with sticks)
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


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Program Notes

Based on three different Scottish dance forms, this work explores a wide variety of Celtic styles using authentic and original material. Lively and spirited, Movement 1, Reel, is based on the tune The Last Pint of Ale. Well May I Behold My Faithful Brown-Hair'd Maid is the basis for the second movement, Air. It is presented as a slow, lyrical melody. The final movement, Jig, is loosely based on the tune Highlander's Jig and uses the most recognized Celtic dance form. The piece may be performed as a whole, but each movement stands on its own if played individually. An excellent selection for concert or contest.

-Program Note by publisher

Commercial Discography

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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Balmages, B. (2008). Three Celtic Dances [score]. FJH Music: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.