A Hebrides Suite D.Thomson Piano Book

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A Hebrides Suite by Donald Thomson takes some of the musical styles and inspiration from the islands themselves and weaves them into a delightful set of five piano pieces which have a real flavour of the Hebrides.


Luskentyre Lullaby

Harris Tweed

The Isle of Staffa

The Callanish Stones

Colonsay Ceilidh


Luskentyre Lullaby

Luskentyre Beach is on the west coast of Harris, and is a stunning expanse of snow-white sand, lapped by a bright blue sea. If there were palm trees, you would be convinced you were in the Caribbean.

Harris Tweed
This piece is influenced by the songs that used to be sung by the women of Harris as they worked on the Harris Tweed cloth, in a process known as ‘Waulking the tweed’. This thickens and softens the cloth after it comes off the loom.

The Isle of Staffa
We now take a boat trip from the port of Fionnphort on the Isle of Mull, to the small island of Staffa, home to the famous Fingal’s Cave (depicted by Felix Mendelssohn in his Hebrides Overture). Colonies of puffins await the visitor, but it is best to travel on a calm day, as the seas can be quite rough!

The Callanish Stones
Situated near the village of Callanish, on the west coast of Lewis, the Callanish Stones date from the Neolithic era and are arranged in a cruciform pattern. They were a focus for ritual activity during the Bronze Age, and occupy a windswept location, with spectacular views out to sea.

Colonsay Ceilidh
What collection of Scottish music would be complete without a Ceilidh? A Gaelic word, a Ceilidh is a get-together for singing, dancing, playing music and generally having a rare old time. Plenty of single malt whiskey often helps the party go with even more of a swing!

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24 pages
EVC Music Publications Ltd

ISBN 978-1-911359-00-5
Copyrights © 2016


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Weight 150 g

1 review for A Hebrides Suite D.Thomson Piano Book

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rosaxford Axford (verified owner)

    Good sharp clear printing.
    Have only learnt ‘The Isle of Staffa’ but a fairly straight forward piece for the intermediate player. Very evocative. The dotted rhythm (to me) sums up a boat trip to Staffa and in bars 26 to32 you feel the gentle movement of the sea. Looking forward to learning more of Donald Thomson’s work.

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