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Variations on a Scottish Folk Song

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Bruce Fraser

Bruce Fraser

General Info

Year: 1998
Duration: c. 6:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G & M Brand
Cost: Score & Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
French Horn I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Accordion (Opt.) Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (suspended)
  • Drumset
  • Snare Drum
  • Tom-Toms
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The form and idea for the work belongs particularly to Brian Duguid who had in mind the wonderful Variations on a Korean Folksong by John Barnes Chance. This setting was to be at a much easier level and to feature traditional Scottish dances and a march as the variations. The song upon which the variations are built is "Ye Banks and Braes", a traditional song with words by Robert Burns. It has a particularly beautiful and strong melody. The work opens creating a peaceful atmosphere with the musicians chanting a drown below some introductory fragments of the theme, which is then stated by the clarinets. The five variations begin with a Strathspey, a traditional dance featuring the "Scottish Snap Rhythm", followed by a Reel, another dance in a flowing two beat tempo. The Strathspey is repeated and is followed by a slow Highland waltz. The percussion then take us into a traditional road march version leading into the final variation which is a jig, gradually building up to a strong ending.

Variations on a Scottish Folksong was commissioned by the West Lothian Council, Scotland for the West Lothian Schools Wind Band, Brian Duguid, conductor.

Program Note from Printed Score


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