A Highland Suite
for orchestra

Composition Date: 2013
Revision Date: 2017
Duration: 00:17:31
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piccolo
  • 2 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 1 x English horn
  • 3 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 4 x Horn
  • 3 x Trumpet
  • 3 x Trombone
  • 1 x Baritone/Euphonium
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 7 x Percussion
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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Programme Note:
This was originally written for Wind Ensemble. Each of the four movements is a representation of a typical Celtic symbol. There are optional easier Violin II(a) and Viola(a) parts that do not appear in the score.
I. The High Road - This is a march that attempts to invoke the feeling of travelling the easier path to a destination somewhere in the highlands. It is high-spirited and light throughout. There is a break in the march with an optional English Horn solo at M...this is covered in the piccolo, oboe, clarinet and bassoon parts if English Horn is not available. You may wish to experiment with tone qualities to determine which is most suitable for you ensemble. The tempo should have a steady lilt...not too fast...remember...you're marching with a kilt. The snare drum line is an adaptation of a typical pipe band drum part. The accents are important.
II. The Glen - A plaintiff, melancholy melody that sets the mood for a relaxing, contemplative afternoon in a lush meadow somewhere in Scotland. The tempo is at a relaxing andante...the string section tutti at E should be a little up tempo and should soar over the accompaniment.
III. The Sword - The sword is a weapon that is now used mainly as a symbol (at times) of noble deeds and historical events. Both violence and reverence are associated with the use of the sword on special occasions. Establish and maintain a driving tempo. This movement conjures up moments in battle, perhaps a duel, and a solemn moment or funeral dirge that should be kept quiet yet heavy.
IV. The Dance - This jig is a light-hearted celebration of highland dances of all kinds. Keep this light until just before letter F where the feeling should be strong and heavy. When the original theme returns the feeling is light again; the eighth note remains consistent throughout. At letters H and I, the percussion should be heavy to provide a contrast to the winds and brass. Then the lightness of the dance returns. Finish with a flourish.

Premiere Information:
5 May 2013, Salvation Army Citadel, Kingston, Ontario
Orchestra Kingston, John Palmer conducting


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 P1745hi
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • May 30, 2013
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (52 p.) ;
    63 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 1
    35 parts available for rental ([157] p.) ;
    Height: 32 cm
    Width: 24 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • 2+picc, 2+cor ang(optional), 2+bass, 2 - 4, 3, 2+btbn, euph(optional), 1, timp, 7perc, str

    1. The Highroad
    2. The Glen
    3. The Sword
    4. The Dance
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