The Glen is Mine (1980) for Wind Octet
Duration: 17 minutes
Commissioned by Whispering Wind Band
This is scored for "Harmonie Band", a combination popular for outdoor concerts in the 18th century, comprising 2obs (2o=crotale in G); 2 cls in Bb (1o=sop sax) (2o=cl in Eb); 2 hns; 2 bsns.
The work follows the shape of the twelve sections of the original pibroch to create a new form. This consists of a Slow Introduction, Theme with three variations and an Allegro with central Chorale, which builds to a cathartic "Climax" - 3 saxophone cadenzas between collapsing flourishes on the other instruments. A short Finale ends the work, which features virtuosic "crunluath" figuration cast as free "mobiles" beneath phrases of the original theme or "Urlar" on the skirling clarinets.
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