Skye Dance


Composer: Gordon Hughes
Players: 6
Instrumentation: Glockenspiel, Xylophone
Grading: A.M.E.B. 3 | ABS 3 (Intermediate)

Skye Dance is a series of variations based loosely around the harmonic outline of the traditional folk melody 'The Skye Boat Song' This work revels in the bright timbre of the xylophone and glockenspiel and will leave you with a spring in your step. This exciting work for two mallet ensemble has a mixture of easy and intermediate parts to suit a secondary college percussion ensemble.

A complete recording of this work is available on the REVOLUTIONS compact disc

Percussive Arts Society (USA) ‘Percussive Notes’ review (Jason Baker)
"...Australian composer, Gordon Hughes has created a piece that delivers maximum effect with minimal resources.  Based on the traditional folk melody “The Skye Boat Song,” the piece is tonal and alternates between jubilant, fanfare sections and groove-like hocket passages. Far from being a simple novelty piece, “Skye Dance” displays sincere musical integrity with limited instrumentation."

Recoring by Mississippi State University:

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