The 45
Siobhan Dyson


This piece is written for large concert band and was created in memory of the clans that fought and lost their lives in Culloden.
Taking its name from the Jacobite leaders of the same name, this piece is inspired by the Jacobite uprising led by Charles Edward Stuart, in a futile attempt to regain the British Throne.
We follow their journey from the initial spark of rebellion, eventually to the final defeat at Culloden.
Siobhan uses a lot of polyrhythms to imitate a journey of hope and freedom. She repeats a traditionally written Scottish folk tune throughout her piece. This theme is both expanded and broken down to convey different emotions she imagined the men felt during this time.

Instrumentation Genre Ensemble (with conductor)
Tag wind band
Duration 13 minutes
Instrumentation Flute (+ piccolo) [1 player]; Flute [2 players]; Oboe [2 players]; Bassoon [2 players]; Clarinet (+ E flat) [1 player]; Clarinet [6 players]; Bass clarinet [1 player]; Saxophone (alto) [2 players]; Saxophone (tenor) [2 players]; Saxophone (baritone) [1 player]; Trumpet [3 players]; Horn [4 players]; Trombone [3 players]; Bass trombone [1 player]; Euphonium [1 player]; Tuba [1 player]; Percussion [6 players] (Bass drum, Bongos, Djembe, Marimba, Snare drum, Timpani)

Performances of this work

Date Venue Performer Link
20/10/0001 None Midi, covid = unperformed :(

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