The Sound of Barra

Tone Poem for Orchestra

For: Orchestra
page one of The Sound of Barra

Buy this score now

The Sound of Barra




from $1.00

(+ VAT when applicable)

Preview individual parts:

PDF icon

Instant download

You are purchasing high quality sheet music PDF files suitable for printing or viewing on digital devices.
Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
16 minutes
Modern classical music
License details
For anything not permitted by the above licence then you should contact the publisher first to obtain permission.

Barra is the most beautiful of the Islands of the Outer Hebrides, it is also a musical island. Having visited it for many years I could resist writing a traditional descriptive tone poem. The piece starts with the journey across the sea followed by a description of night and day break over the island. Barra is a Catholic island and the church that overlooks Castlebay is dedicated to Our Lady Star of the Sea. The next section is a variation on one of the plainsong settings of 'Ave Maris Stella'. After this we visit the highest mountain in island, Heaval and hear the sound of the sea the wind and the birds.

No visit to the island is complete without a ceilidh. The island has many musicians but this section is dedicated to 'The Vatersay Boys' whose playing has an almost unequaled energy.

Unfortunately we have to leave the island and the next section features one of Barra's loveliest melodies 'The Sands of Vatersay' quickly followed by a last phrase of 'Ave Maris Stella' and the music of the sea with which the piece began.

To purchase this score, please add it to your cart above. To purchase music not currently available on Score Exchange or for extended license requests, please contact the publisher directly.

Reviews of The Sound of Barra

Sorry, there's no reviews of this score yet. Please .