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The Parting Glass - Bagpipes & Concert Band

The Parting Glass
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"The Parting Glass" has been sung in Ireland and Scotland for hundreds of years; the first official dating back to 1770 although it is certainly much older than that. Sharing its melody with another old Irish song called "Sweet Cootehill Town", "The Parting Glass" shares dual Irish and Scottish heritages as there is a version of it in a collection of Scottish songs published in the Skene Manuscript in the mid-17th century "The Parting Glass" is a song of farewell, sung for and to good friends. It is a song that says all that matters is the here and now, the impending departure and the need to be at peace with friends.

In this new setting for Bagpipes and Concert Band Ian Macpherson uses two versions of this ancient melody bringing together contemporary and traditional sounds to great effect, creating a rich and varied soundscape. An inspirational score and certainly one that delivers that ‘wow' factor.

ComposerTraditional Irish Melody
ArrangerIan Macpherson
CategoryConcert Band & Bagpipes
DurationCirca 3 mins 45 secs
DifficultyThis piece has difficulty rating of 2.5 on a scale one through 6, with 6 being the hardest. Click here to see how we grade our band sets.
InstrumentationConductors Full Score
Flutes 1-2
Bb Clarinets 1-2-3
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophones 1-2
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Horns in F 1-2
3rd Horn in F
Bb Trumpets 1-2-3
Tenor Trombones 1-2
Bass Trombone
Drum Set
Side Drum
Bass Drum
Suspended Cymbals
Hand Cymbals
Bass Guitar
Parts SuppliedFor a full list of parts supplied under our free postage scheme, please visit FAQ's.
Catalogue No.
Product Code: SM543

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