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Malcolm Arnold

Publisher: Novello & Co

Four Scottish Dances (for orchestra) (1957)
Publisher
Paterson Publications
Category
Orchestra
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
1957
Duration
9 Minutes
Alternate Orchestration
brass band
Programme Note
Malcolm Arnold Four Scottish Dances (for orchestra) (1957)
These dances were composed early in 1957 and are dedicated to the BBC Light Music Festival. They are all based on original melodies, except one, the melody of which was composed by Robert Burns.

The first dance is in the style of a slow strathspey.

The second, a lively reel, begins in the key of E flat, and rises a semitone each time it is played until the bassoon plays it, at a greatly reduced speed, in the key of G. The final statement of the dance is at the original speed in the home key of E flat.

The third dance is in the style of a Hebridean song and attempts to give an impression of the sea and mountain scenery on a calm summer’s day in the Hebrides.

The last dance is a lively fling which makes a great deal of use of the open strings of the violins.


  • Ensemble
    Massed Bands of the RAF
    Polyphonic:
  • Ensemble
    London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Conductor
    Bryden Thomson
    Chandos:
  • Ensemble
    Queensland Symphony Orchestra
    Conductor
    Andrew Penny
    Naxos:
  • Ensemble
    C.W.S. (Glasgow) Band
    Conductor
    Geoffrey Brand
    Harlequin:
  • Ensemble
    Dallas Wind Symphony Orchestra
    Conductor
    Jerry F. Junkin
    Reference:
  • Ensemble
    Boston Pops Orchestra
    Conductor
    Keith Lockhart
  • Ensemble
    London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Conductor
    Sir Malcolm Arnold
    Everest:
  • Ensemble
    London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Conductor
    Sir Malcolm Arnold
    Lyrita:
  • Ensemble
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Philharmonia Orchestra
    Conductor
    Malcolm Arnold / Robert Irving
  • Ensemble
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Philharmonia Orchestra
    Conductor
    Malcolm Arnold / Robert Irving
  • Ensemble
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Conductor
    Bryden Thomson
    Chandos:
  • Ensemble
    Brno Philharmonic Orchestra
    Music Sales :
  • Ensemble
    London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Conductor
    Malcolm Arnold
    Lyrita:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 12 DEC 2018
    Centro Cultural Afundación de Vigo, Spain
    Real Filharmonia de Galicia
    Paul Daniel, conductor

    Other Dates:
    13 December - Auditorio de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain
    14 December - Palacio de la Ópera de A Coruña, Spain
  • 03 JAN 2019
    Linyi Grand Theatre, China
    Royal Scottish National Orchestra
    Thomas Søndergård, conductor

    Other Dates:
    12 November 2018 - Guangxi Culture and Arts Centre, Nanjing, China
    4 January - Shandong Grand Theatre, China
  • 27 JAN 2019
    Miami University Middletown, Finkelman Auditorium, Middletown, OH
    Southwest Ohio Philharmonic
    Carmon DeLeone, conductor
  • 27 JAN 2019
    Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio, TX
    Youth Orchestra of San Antonio
    Troy Peters, conductor
  • 30 MAR 2019
    Augustana Lutheran Church, Cumberland, WI
    Red Cedar Symphony
    Kevin Peters, conductor

    Other Dates:
    31 March - Bethany Lutheran Church, Rice Lake, WI
  • 22 JUN 2019
    Royal Hall Harrogate, UK
    Harrogate Symphony Orchestra

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