Scottish Highland Overture

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SMC S955FS/ HL 236108

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Concert Band
Scottish Highland Overture was commissioned by the MacArthur Middle School in Lawton, OK, in honor of their longtime conductor, Sue Ann Hannah. Taking inspiration from the school’s mascot (the “Scots”) the piece is based very loosely on the Scottish folk song, “The Dowie Dens o’ Yarrow.” The faster ‘A’ section contains lots of rhythmic interplay between voices while the ‘B’ section gives everyone a chance to play in a very lyrical and legato style. This fun and playable overture is a great introduction to the Dorian mode for young bands, and features a short horn section soli opening the middle section, with ample cross-cueing to provide additional support as needed.