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Bagpipes and Ensemble

This is not a complete listing, but gives basic information about duration, first performance, and instrumentation of the pieces. Some have a pdf of the score, or of part of the score and also either an excerpt of a recording or a midi or mp3 (from midi) of the piece.

The titles are listed under their appropriate section. Some pieces have been aranged for several different ensembles, and as the forms are sometimes different, there are listed separatey.

There are a few things which should be noted about this work. Bagpipes have a very small repertoire with orchestra as it stands, and often it takes an effort to convince condutors, programmers and even pipers to give this a chance. Therefore, popular and traditional pieces have been arranged and included, as well as original compositions of different styles. This repertoire, whilst largely 'conventional', has been augmented by some more challenging and contemporary sounding pieces.

In total Lindsay has composed, arranged and performed over 60 pieces for various such ensembles, please be patient and keep coming back as this page will be updated.

Bagpipes and Symphony Orchestra

Instrumentation given in format : 
 
2 Fl,2Ob,2Cl,2Fg,4Hns,3Tr,3Trb(bass),Tuba, timpani, percussion, Highland pipes, strings  
 
is the same as:
2222 4331 tp, perc, GHB, strings
 
Where not otherwise stated score and parts available from Lindsay Davidson.
 
“Scotland the Brave” - theatrical entrance march to the most popular Scottish melody  
 
Duration: 1"40 (as required)
 
Orch:  2222 2230 timp., highland bagpipes (Bgps), strings
 
Score and Parts available from Lindsay Davidson and Scottish Music Centre
 
Drummond – the original version as composed for the first edition of “Pola Nadziei” , the fundraising campaign for the Hospicjum Sw Lazarza in Krakow, Poland. Download the score as a pdf here. You can listen to an mp3 recorded from midi by clicking here. 
 
Duration 6"40
 
2221 4330 Bgps Tp Perc Str
 
First performed 1998 Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra
British premier 1998 RSNO conducted by Jerzy Maksymiuk.
 
Score and Parts available from Lindsay Davidson and Scottish Music Centre
 
The Lady of Traquair – Mary Queen of Scots residence, Traquair House, is haunted by her ghost…….. for bagpipes and symphonic orchestra Originally composed for massed brass and pipe bands and first performed at Traquair Tattoo, 2000.
Download the score as a pdf here. You can listen to an mp3  recorded from midi by clicking here.
 
Duration 4"10
 
2222 2000 Tp 4 Bgp Str
 
First performed in orchestral form 2002 Opole Philharminc Orchestra, Opole, Poland conducted by Wojciech Mrozek
 
Score and Parts available from Lindsay Davidson and Scottish Music Centre
 
Invitation to Dance - Wedding March and Jig for bagpipes and symphonic orchestra
 
Duration 3"19
 
2222 2331 tp Bgp Strings
 
First performed in this version by Torun Chamber Orchestra 2002 conducted by Wojciech Mrozek
 
Clumsy Fingers - a vivacious Latin/Scottish blend for highland ‘pipes and string orchestra  
 
Duration 2 minutes
 
2222 2000 Tp Bgps Strings
 
First performed in this version by Torun Chamber Orchestra 2002 conducted by Wojciech Mrozek
 
Concerto for Bagpipes and Orchestra – a new and powerful concerto for bagpipes and symphonic orchestra  
 
Duration 15 minutes approx
 
2222 2331 tp Bgp Strings
 
Duncan Howie’s – an passionate set of Scottish dances for highland pipes and symphony orchestra  
 
Duration 3"14
 
2222 2330 Tp Bgps Strings
 
First performed in this version 2002 Zabrze Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sławomir Chrzanowski
 
Jolly Duet - a reworking and radical expansion of the piece for strings containing a slow section and a dramatic ending.
 
2222 2220 Tp Bgps Strings
 
First Performance July 2006 Plocka Orkiestra Symfoniczna conducted by Stephen Ellery
 
Duration 7 minutes
 
Partita Firenze - one theme given in three styles of bagpipes music accompanied by orchestra. Orignally commissioned by teatro Puccini in florence as part of a programme to display the full gamut of pipe band music, later arranged for string orchestra and again for larger orchestra.
 
Duration 2 minutes
 
2222 0000 Tp Bgps Strings
 
First performance  Jelenia Góra, Poland, March 2001, State Philharmonic of Jelenia Góra (Hirschberg), conducted by Wojtek Mrozek
 
Score and Parts available from Lindsay Davidson and Scottish Music Centre
 
Red Moon - inspired on a trip to Venice, whilst sitting on a jetty hinking quietly about the world and watching the red moon pass by...
This piece exists in many different versions, including harp and smallpipes, smallpipes and strng orchestra and a version for smallpipes, harp, double bass and oboe written for Grzegorz Frankowski, the Krakow Double Bass player.
 
Duration 3"14
 
2222 2331 Tp perc Harp Bgps Strings
 
First performed in this version 2002 Zabrze Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sławomir Chrzanowski
 
Siberian Dance - an atmospheric arrangement of Lindsay's original composition for choir, solo clarinet and orchestra Also arranged for choir and bagpipes, harp and smallpipes, and highland pipes with string orchestra.
 
Duration 3"14
 
2222 2330 Tp solo clarinet Bgps Strings
 
alternative version solo harp instead of solo clarinet
 
First performed 2001 Kalisz Philharominc Orchestra conducted by Wojciech Mrozek (solo clarinet)
 
The Werewolf of Tulsa - a story of a werewolf stalking the woods around Tulsa. Commissioned by the Baron of Ardgowan. You can download a pdf of the score here and an mp3 made from a midi recording here.
 
2222 2220 Tp Bgps Strings
 
First Performance July 2006 Plocka Orkiestra Symfoniczna conducted by Stephen Ellery
 
Duration 6"30
 
Bagpipes and String Orchestra

Borderpipe Concerto in 3 movements - the outer movements are based upon traditional themes whilst the slow movement, an extended theme and variations, uses an original theme first performed with clarsach and borderpipe.

First Performance 2002 Leopolis Chamber Orchestra (Lwow), Town Theatre, Sandomierz Music Festival, Sandomierz, Poland, conducted by Wojciech Mrozek

Duration 10 minutes

Orchestration 6,5,3,2,1 borderpipes in A

Recordings: Philharmonic Bagpipes
 
Invitation to Dance – Wedding March and Jig for bagpipes and string orchestra

First Performance 2001 Leopolis Chamber Orchestra (Lwow), Philharmonic Hall, Bydgoszcz Poland, conducted by Wojciech Mrozek

Duration: 3"19

Orch:  5,4,3,2,1 Highland Bagpipes

Recordings: "Dances of the World" Leopolis Chamber Orchestra Wojciech Mrozek Universal Polska, 2001
Archive Recording Polish Radio Orchestra Amadeus conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal 2002
 
Drummond – adapted from the original version as composed for the first edition of “Pola Nadziei” , the fundraising campaign for the Hospicjum Sw Lazarza in Krakow, Poland.    

Duration 6"10

Orchestration 4,4,4,3,2,1 Bagpipes

First performance Poznan October 2000, Amadeus chamber Orchestra conducted by Agnieszka Dyczmal.
Archive Recording Polish Radio Orchestra Amadeus conducted by Agneiszka Duczmal 2002
 
Duncan Howie’s – an passionate set of Scottish dances for borderpipes and string orchestra  
First Performance 2002 Leopolis Chamber Orchestra (Lwow), Town Theatre, Sandomierz Music Festival, Sandomierz, Poland, conducted by Wojciech Mrozek

Duration 3"14

Orchestration 5,4,3,2,1 borderpipes in A
Recordings: Philharmonic Bagpipes
 
Mcguire’s Jig – one of the most popular Scottish/Irish jigs arranged for smallpipes and string orchestra  

First Performance 2003 Orkiestra Polska, Jawor Poland conducted by Jan Jazownik

Duration 2"40

Orchestration 5,4,3,2,1 smallpipes in A

Recordings: Philharmonic Bagpipes
 
Glasgow Police Pipers – a well known jig set arranged, with a twist, for highland bagpipes and string orchestra  
First performance 2002 Capella Bydgostiensis Philharmonic Hall, Bydgoszcz, Poland, conducted by Michal Nesterowicz

Duration 2"10

Orchestration 5,4,3,2,1 Highland Bagpipes

Recordings: Philharmonic Bagpipes

The Jolly Duet – a happy dance for either smallpipes and string orchestra or highland bagpipes and string orchestra  

First Performance 2002 Leopolis Chamber Orchestra (Lwow), Town Theatre, Sandomierz Music Festival, Sandomierz, Poland, conducted by Wojciech Mrozek

Duration 2"30

Orchestration 5,4,3,2,1 smallpipes in A or Highland Bagpipes

Recordings: Philharmonic Bagpipes
 
Eightsome Set – no Scottish evening is complete without an eightsome reel, for highland bagpipes and string orchestra  

First performance 2001 State Philharmonic Orchestra Jelenia Gora, Poland conducted by Wojciech Mrozek

Duration 2"17

Orchestration 5,4,3,2,1,Highland bagpipes

Recordings: Philharmonic Bagpipes
 
Atholl Highlanders – another firm favourite in the Scottish ‘Ceilidh House’(dance Hall), for highand bagpipes and string orchestra

First Performance 2002 Leopolis Chamber Orchestra (Lwow), Town Theatre, Sandomierz Music Festival, Sandomierz, Poland, conducted by Wojciech Mrozek

Duration 3"14

Orchestration 5,4,3,2,1,borderpipes in A
 
Fulwood's Sorrow and Hope - commissioned by the Much Honoured Baron Of Fulwood and dirleton in 2005. A fully worked out piobaireachd for strings, harp and mixed bagpipes (highland pipes and borderpipes in A). A short version for solo violin and piano has also been made. 

Duration 7 minutes 

Orchestration 5,4,3,2,1, Harp, Highland pipes, borderpipes in A

John’s Jig – memories of Australia for borderpipes and string orchestra  

First Performance 2002 Leopolis Chamber Orchestra (Lwow), Town Theatre, Sandomierz Music Festival, Sandomierz, Poland, conducted by Wojciech Mrozek

Duration 3"40

Orchestration 5,4,3,2,1, borderpipes in A

Liberties – a tribute to the Tulsa Race War of 1921 for borderpipes and string orchestra  

First performance Dom Kultury Kielce 2001 Strauss Ensemble no conductor

Duration 3"20

Orchestration 5,4,3,2,1, borderpipes in A
 
The Lynch Mob – a tribute to the Tulsa Race War of 1921 for borderpipes and string orchestra  

First performance Dom Kultury Kielce 2001 Strauss Ensemble no conductor

Duration 1"40

Orchestration 5,4,3,2,1, borderpipes in A

The United Dry –a reference to the ‘Golden Nectar’, for highland pipes and string orchestra  

First Performance 2002 Leopolis Chamber Orchestra (Lwow), Town Theatre, Sandomierz Music Festival, Sandomierz, Poland, conducted by Wojciech Mrozek

Duration 3"40

Orchestration 5,4,3,2,1, highland bagpipes
 
Partita Firenze - one theme given in three styles of bagpipes music accompanied by orchestra. Orignally commissioned by Teatro Puccini in Florence as part of a programme to display the full gamut of pipe band music, later arranged for string orchestra and again for larger orchestra.

First performance  Poznan, Poland, October 2000, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal

Duration 2 minutes

Orchestration 5,4,3,2,1, highland bagpipes

Score and Parts available from Lindsay Davidson and Scottish Music Centre

Archive Recording Polish Radio Orchestra Amadeus conducted by Agneiszka Duczmal 2002

Clumsy Fingers – a vivacious Latin/Scottish blend for highland ‘pipes and string orchestra  

First Performance 2002 Leopolis Chamber Orchestra (Lwow), Town Theatre, Sandomierz Music Festival, Sandomierz, Poland, conducted by Wojciech Mrozek


Duration 2"20


Orchestration 5,4,3,2,1, Highland bagpipes


Recordings: Philharmonic Bagpipes
 
The Lady of Traquair – Mary Queen of Scots residence, Traquair House, is haunted by her ghost…….. Originally composed for massed brass and pipe bands and first performed at Traquair Tattoo 2000

First performance  Poznan, Poland, October 2000, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal

Duration 4"10

Orchestration 5,4,3,2,1, Highland bagpipes
 
Archive Recording Polish Radio Orchestra Amadeus conducted by Agneiszka Duczmal 2002

 “Scotland the Brave” - theatrical entrance march to the most popular Scottish melody   
Duration: 1"40 (as required)

Orchestration 5,4,3,2,1, Highland bagpipes

 
Siberian Dance - an atmospheric arrangment of Lindsay's original composition for choir, solo clarinet and orchestra

First performance 2001, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Poznan, conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal

Duration 3"14

Orchestration 5,4,3,2,1, Highland bagpipes

Recordings: "Dances of the World" Leopolis Chamber Orchestra Wojciech Mrozek Universal Polska, 2001
Archive Recording Polish Radio Orchestra Amadeus conducted by Agneiszka Duczmal 2002
 
Suite Eccossaise - a three movement little concerto for highland bagpipes based on tradtional themes

First performance 2001, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Poznan, conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal

Duration 10 minutes

Orchestration 5,4,3,2,1, Highland bagpipes

Recordings: Philharmonic Bagpipes
Archive Recording Polish Radio Orchestra Amadeus conducted by Agneiszka Duczmal 2002

Piano di Sorrento - a picture of a mediterranean sunset for bagpipes and orchestra.

First performance 2001, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Poznan, conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal

Duration 2"30

Orchestration 5,4,3,2,1, Highland bagpipes

Archive Recording Polish Radio Orchestra Amadeus conducted by Agneiszka Duczmal 2002
 
Arrangements for Bagpipes and Strings
 
Conductor Jan Jazownik asked for well known and popular classical pieces for pipes and string orchestra. 
 
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - The entire first momvement of Mozart's serenade led by highland pipes and backed by the strings. This asks distinctly unusual questions of the piper, but is fun toplay.
Duration 6"51
New World Symphony slow movement - known in Britain as the 'Hovis ad', known to pipers as 'Going Home'. The slow movement from Dvorak's New World Symphny in original harmonies but otherwise re-organised to make the best use of the pipes. Also arranged for borderpipes.
 
Duration 3"20


Bagpipes and String Quartet

Unless otherwise stated two violins, viola and cello

Auld Reekie's Lament -  composed for the Edinburgh Quartet and premiered by them in March 2006. Borderpipes and string quartet join to mourn Auld Reekie's (Edinburgh) sorrows of the past, but not to forget to celebrate the future..

5 minutes.

Lament for the Lime Tree - composed for a performance with the Edinburgh Quartet in February 2004 sponsored by Napier University. The brief was to write something extremely unusual and very challenging. This is a fully worked out piobaireachd for string quartet, smallpipes and fuly chromatic borderpipes (1 piper changing betwen instruments). The language and style of this piece is very much modern and has some striking harmonies and rhythmic complexities whilst in places the conventional features of piobaireachd come through in the quartet.

First performance Edinburgh 2004 Edinburgh Quartet. Recording for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Duration 5"11

Borderpipes Suite - the string quartet version of the borderpipe concerto.

First performance Krakow 2002 Amar Corde Quartet

Duration circa 10 minutes

Strathspey and Reel Set - a short medley of strathspeys, reels and jigs arranged for string trio

First performance Krakow 2002 Amar Corde Quartet

Duration 3"50

Gaelic Variation Set - a variation set based on a traditioal gaelic air.

First performance Krakow 2002 Amar Corde Quartet

Duration 3"50

Atholl Highlanders - two lively jigs arranged for quartet and borderpipes. Also arranged for string orchestra.

First performance Krakow 2002 Amar Corde Quartet

Duration 3"20

Burns Medley - first composed for a concert with the Amadeus String Orchestra in Poznan and later arranged for the Amar Corde quartet. A selection of family favourite Burns songs aranged for smallpipes and quartet.

First performance Krakow 2002 Amar Corde Quartet

Duration 5"10

McGuire's Jig - a traditional jig arranged for smallpipes and quartet. Another version, slightly different has also been made for string orchestra and smallpipes. A dark jig, somewhat mysterious with sharp syncopations towards the end.

First performance Krakow 2002 Amar Corde Quartet

Duration 3"10

Pipe Marches - two highland pipe marches arranged for borderpipes and quartet. Each march lasts 1"20 and both are light and lively in character. Very simplistically arranged for that 'folky' feel. This can be played without pipes.

First performance Krakow 2002 Amar Corde Quartet

Duration 2"40

Eightsome Reels - yet another version fo the eightsome reel set this time for hihgland pipes and string quartet. Fast and driving dance.

First performance Krakow 2002 Amar Corde Quartet

Duration 2"17

Fields of Hope -The original tune by Gavin Stoddart arranged for a recording with the Edinburgh Quartet for Marie Curie Cancer Care, due to be released soon.

Duration 2"20

Bagpipes and Brass Quintet

Unless otherwise specified all pieces two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba and highland bagpipes


The Gothenburg Salute - Written for the Baron of Prestoungrange to celebrate the opening of the Prestoungrange Gothenburg.This is the ground and first variation of a full length piobaireachd. Unusually this was conceived as a brass quintet piobaireachd and the pipe Salute was worked up from there. Somewhat in the character of a processional this is a dignified and uplifting Salute.

Duration 2"11

Clumsy Fingers - arranged from the string orchestra piece for the Cracow Brass Quintet in 2004 as part of an ongoing project to create a repertoire for bagpipes and brass quintet

Duration 2"20

Jolly Duet - arranged from the string orchestra piece for the Cracow Brass Quintet in 2004 as part of an ongoing project to create a repertoire for bagpipes and brass quintet

Duration 2"30

Eightsome Reels -  arranged from the string orchestra piece for the Cracow Brass Quintet in 2004 as part of an ongoing project to create a repertoire for bagpipes and brass quintet

Duration 2"17

Fields of Hope - arranged from the string quartet piece for the Cracow Brass Quintet in 2004 as part of an ongoing project to create a repertoire for bagpipes and brass quintet.

Duration 2"20


Bagpipes and Choir

Charles Lament - this involves borderpipes in A and highland pipes and is very challenging for the piper. Based on A lament written for Prince Charles Edwards Stuart, ths is a contemporary recreation using canntaireachd in the choir part and some energetic percussion (tom toms, bass drum, tam tam).The pipe part includes a full scale piobaireachd.

Mixed choir with white voice tenor solo

Duration 5"11

First performance 20 February 2007, Nowy Sacz, Poland conducted by Andrzej Citak with the choir Scherzo.

Anna -  part of  a concert suite from the opera 'Tulsa'. Please see Tulsa page for further details and click here for the Celtic Triangle version of this piece.

instrumentation - mixed choir, harp, smallpipes in A, violin (can use alternative instrument)

First performance 20 February 2007, Nowy Sacz, Poland conducted by Andrzej Citak with the choir Scherzo.


Bagpipes and Harp

There are a great many pieces arranged for this combination. It is planned to release a book of some of these pieces in 2009 based on the repertoire of The Ancient Bards.

Bagpipes and Symphony Orchestra

“Scotland the Brave”
Drummond
The Lady of Traquair 
Invitation to Dance
Clumsy Fingers
Concerto for Bagpipes and Orchestra
Duncan Howie’s
Jolly Duet
Partita Firenze
Red Moon
Siberian Dance
The Werewolf of Tulsa
 

Bagpipes and
String Orchestra


Borderpipe Concerto

Invitation to Dance
Drummond
Duncan Howie’s
Mcguire’s Jig
Glasgow Police Pipers
The Jolly Duet
Eightsome Set
Atholl Highlanders
Fulwood's Sorrow & Hope
John’s Jig
Liberties
The Lynch Mob
The United Dry
Partita Firenze
Clumsy Fingers
The Lady of Traquair
“Scotland the Brave”
Siberian Dance
Suite Eccossaise
Piano di Sorrento

Arrangements for Bagpipes and Strings

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik New World Symphony- slow movement
 
Bagpipes and
String Quartet


Auld Reekie's Lament
Lament for the Lime Tree

Borderpipes Suite
Strathspey and Reel Set
Gaelic Variation Set
Atholl Highlanders
Burns Medley
McGuire's Jig
Pipe Marches
Eightsome Reels
Fields of Hope

Bagpipes and
Brass Quintet


The Gothenburg Salute
Clumsy Fingers
Jolly Duet
Eightsome Reels
Fields of Hope


Bagpipes and
Choir

Charles Lament
Anna


Bagpipes and Harp

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