Four Scottish Dances
Four Scottish Dances (Op.59) is a set of light music pieces composed by Malcolm Arnold in 1957 for the BBC Light Music Festival. The set consists of four dances inspired by, although not based on, Scottish country folk tunes and dances. Each movement is denoted by its style marking, as the individual movements are untitled.
The pieces are intended to evoke the music of Scotland, and utilize sounds intended to imitate bagpipes, and the Reel and Scotch snap rhythm, as well as comic elements, such as a "tipsy" middle section in movement II.
- for wind band by John Paynter, 1978
- for brass band by Ray Farr, 1984
- for piano by John York
- for piano & violin by David Gedge
Selected commercial recordings
- 1959 Malcolm Arnold conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra on Everest Records SDBR 3021 (re-released on Everest 9006).
- 1979 Malcolm Arnold conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra on Lyrita LP and CD: SRCD.201
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