Lochardil Dances (Solo / Duet & Piano) [Flute Version]

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For important information about other instruments with piano, please refer to the end of the programme note.

For the past couple of years, Dad and I have enjoyed having our main holiday in the UK - airport hassle has just got intolerable!

This year, our main hotel was the Best Western Lochardil House Hotel, owned by Eileen Fraser and Graeme MacBean. It’s a lovely family-run hotel just outside Inverness, so we were able to drive right up to John O’Groats and the Isle of Skye with ease!

The night we arrived, after we’d had a meal in their excellent dining room, there was a traditional wedding party going on next door - with a typical band and everyone kitted out in their kilts - the men, that is! It was really exhilarating, just to stand and listen for a few minutes!

I vowed that, on our return, I would celebrate our lovely stay there with my own musical tribute to the hotel, and, more importantly, the people of Scotland and their lovely country itself.

I have linked a traditional Strathspey with a faster Reel, both from my own original material. There’s just a little real Scottish snippet during the last four bars!

While I haven’t tried to be exact, the use of pentatonic scales, the occasional drone, and some ornaments - to suggest the ’gracing’ of the pipes - hopefully recreates what we felt and heard on our first night there. God willing, we hope to get back there soon!

I initially started with a Piano-Duet version, but have now brought out a number of instrumental versions.

These have a a slight difference from what I’ve done before:

Previously I have made a version for, say, flute & piano, clarinet & piano, alto & tenor saxophone & piano, but for these new arrangements I have added a SECOND optional part for another of the same instrument.

They can be played as a straightforward solo instrument with piano accompaniment, or with a second solo player, by way of turning them into duets.

The score shows the version is for Flute & Piano - scores and parts versions for the other instruments are available within the Flute sets of parts here - they are not interchangeable, and there have been some transpositions and octave changes to accommodate each woodwind instrument.

Please note: The optional parts are currently not interchangeable - for example, the optional Alto Sax part is intended only to be used in the version for Alto Sax & Piano.

Score ID
Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
4 minutes
Solo Flute + piano
World music

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