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Highland Fantasy


Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 2.5 | Duration: 5:15
Publisher: G & M Brand | Copyright: 2003

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    Based on traditional Scottish melodies, Highland Fantasy begins with the jolly romp "The Wee Cooper o' Fife" and moves into the yearning ballad "Highland Laddie." Fraser cleverly merges the two themes as the work comes to a joyously majestic close.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 2.5 | Duration: 5:15

    1st Flute
    2nd Flute
    1st Bb Clarinet
    2nd Bb Clarinet
    3rd Bb Clarinet
    Eb Alto Clarinet
    Bb Bass Clarinet*
    1st Eb Alto Saxophone*
    2nd Eb Alto Saxophone*
    Bb Tenor Saxophone*
    Eb Baritone Saxophone*

    1st Bb Trumpet
    2nd Bb Trumpet
    3rd Bb Trumpet
    1st F Horn
    2nd F Horn
    1st Trombone
    2nd Trombone
    (TC Baritone)

    Mallets (xylophone, glockenspiel)
    Percussion 1 [2 players] (snare drum, bass drum) Percussion 2 (suspended cymbal, temple blocks) Percussion 3 (2 toms, triangle) Parts marked with an asterisk (*) are NOT ESSENTIAL, although their presence will obviously enable a fuller realization of the composer's intention to be had.

    Program Notes
    Highland Fantasy is mainly based on traditional Scottish melodies. After a brief introduction we hear "The Wee Cooper o' Fife" played firstly by a solo trumpet followed by a tutti version. "Highland Laddie" appears, initially featuring saxophones and then passed around the band. The slow middle section is an original which I felt complemented the other melodies in the piece. A recapulation leads to a final section with an augmented version of "Highland Laddie" from the middle of the band with a version of "The Wee Cooper" in the upper winds. The work ends with a final majestic statement.

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