Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonnie Doon (1936)
Grainger considered the folksingers the “kings and queens of song...lords in their own domainÑat once performers and creators.” He once described concert singers as slaves to tyrannical composers. It was for the wind band, a “vehicle of deeply emotional expression,” that Grainger made some of his most memorable song settings, several of which are now cornerstones of band repertoire. Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonnie Doon is a slow, sustained Scottish folk tune. Grainger’s original setting of this was done in 1901, for “men’s chorus and whistlers,” and the present version for band was published in 1901.
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