Croft Music

Kidnapped

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This piece is based on the 1886 novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.  It is the story of David Balfour, a young orphan who winds up kidnapped, placed on a ship bound for the Americas, shipwrecked on the north-western coast of Scotland, and suspected of murder. This story is fast- paced, with  lots of suspense and danger.  While this piece doesn't follow the plot of the novel exactly, it depicts the main characters David Balfour and Alan Breck Stewart, and portrays some of the things that happen to them in the novel.  The following gives more detailed information on this, if required.

Opening - The first 40 or so bars are the "David Balfour Theme" theme, capturing his spirit of adventure. 

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Letter A - Alan Breck Stewart's theme, heavily influenced by Scottish traditional music.  It also indicates his somewhat aggressive nature (bar 59 et seq).

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Letter C: The House of Shaws and Uncle Ebenezer - This music captures the House of Shaws at night, where David is tricked into climbing a dangerous staircase (bar 117) by his uncle - he is saved only by a flash of lightning revealing the danger to him. But it's not long before he's tricked again by his Uncle Ebenezer, and knocked unconscious (bar 132) to be shipped off and sold into slavery in the United States aboard the ship, the Covenant.

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Letter H - After being shipwrecked and separated, our heroes are reunited, but pursued incessantly by soldiers of the English army and by the Clan Campbell.  (A theme from Handel’s Judas Maccabeus is  used here to symbolise the forces of the Crown.)  They remain free, however.

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Letter J - David is saddened to see a ship being loaded with men being sent overseas, leaving their loved ones behind.  This is treated at length in an adaptation of the folk song Lochaber No More, at first for solo euphonium, and then full band.

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Letter Q - The final section of the piece unites the thematic material and brings matters to a rousing conclusion reflecting the happy ending of the novel, as Alan heads off to France and safety, and David becomes a rich man at the expense of his nasty Uncle Ebenezer.


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