Ancient Scottish Air

Gloomy Winter's Noo Awa'

Scottish Folk Song (composer), Seth Bedford (arranger)


  • Violin 1
  • Violin 2
  • Violin 3 (Viola T.C.)
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Contrabass


This plaintive tune was made famous in the film "The Piano." This arrangement offers young players an entrée into the rich breadth of Scottish folk music with a lilting dotted melody that is fun to play. With pizzicato and staccato accompaniments, this lyrical melody is passed around to every section of the orchestra. The lyrics tell of winter’s end giving way to bright flowers of spring, which the singer compares to his darling loved one. While playable in first position, more advanced students may practice playing in higher positions with ringing vibrato.
Ensemble: String Orchestra
Grade: 2.5
Duration: 2:32
Key: A minor
Tempo: Allegro moderato (q = 98)
Publisher: Carl Fischer Music
Product Type: Score and Parts
UPC: 6-80160-92148-5
ISBN: 978-1-4911-6273-6
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