A Borders Suite D.Thomson Piano Book

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A Borders Suite
 includes five original composition which portray several places composer Donald Thomson regularly visits in the Scottish Borders, usually enjoying the twisty roads and spectacular scenery from the seat of his Triumph motorcycle. 


Heriot Water
The first piece, Heriot Water, depicts the beautiful landscape near Heriot, and the small, bubbling river that runs through the village.

Brodie’s Jig
Brodie is a Border Collie who lives in Heriot and loves nothing more than chasing sticks and splashing about in the river. You can hear his excited barking in the central section of this piece.

Innerleithen Air
Innerleithen Air depicts the pretty town which sits on the banks of the River Tweed. The church is where my wife’s brother was married (I composed two of the pieces for this occasion), and in the central section you can hear the bells pealing.

Melrose Abbey
At this point, my journey takes a diversion to the east, to take in the ruined abbey at Melrose, before we retrace our steps to Innerleithen.

Grey Mare’s Tail
After that, head south-west and journey a further twelve miles, passing St Mary’s Loch and arriving at the spectacular Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall. Can you hear the water cascading down the gorge?

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Elena Cobb Star Prize

24 pages
EVC Music Publications Ltd
ISBN 978-0-99335146-0-9
Copyrights © 2015

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Weight 150 g
Dimensions 297 x 210 x 0.5 cm


5 reviews for A Borders Suite D.Thomson Piano Book

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    A beautiful compilation of early intermediate pieces, inspired by the British countryside, these musical sketches range from gentle and lilting tunes to lively and brisk dance-type melodies. There is truly a piece in here for everyone- very versatile!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Janice (verified owner)

    An older adult pupil of mine is really enjoying this collection, and playing all of them. He even bought another copy as a present for his brother! Another young pupil also plays clarsach and traditional music, and enjoyed being able to get the same feel on piano. Excellent to have contemporary Scottish works for piano, have both collections and waiting eagerly for the third!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sarah (verified owner)

    Donald’s music is beautiful. There are some gorgeous and sometimes unexpected harmonies that make these pieces exciting to play and interesting to listen to. They have become my favourite go to pieces when I sit at the piano to play rather than practise.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ann Pepper (verified owner)

    A really beautiful and varied collection of pieces for intermediate students. This is one of my ‘go to’ books when I want to play something for myself, Innerleithen Air being one of my favourites. Highly recommended.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Fiona Durdy (verified owner)

    I initially bought A BordersSuite for my daughters birthday she was fed up of playing exam music and this book was just the tonic for her. She loved the stories behind each piece and has spent many a pleasurable hour working on them. Every time she plays this book she notices something new about the pieces and is only now starting to understand the composition behind these beautiful works. I have to hold my hands up to actually pinching the book to play myself on a night . We love it so much that we have just ordered the other 2 books in the series.

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