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Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon

(1901)

Percy Grainger, composer

Percy Grainger considered folk singers the "kings and queens of song—lords in their own domain—at once performers and creators." It was for the wind band that Grainger made some of his most memorable folk song settings, several of which are now cornerstones of band repertoire. Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonnie Doon is a slow, sustained Scottish folk song. 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 the same year.

—Band Music Notes

Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonnie Doon is a slow, sustained Scottish folk song. This setting by composer Percy Grainger is one of Grainger’s most memorable folk song settings, and is now considered one of the cornerstones of band repertoire. Grainger’s original setting of this was done in 1901 for “men’s chorus and whistlers.”

—Band Music Notes

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