Croft Music

The Dalmeny Stones

Brass Band with or without SATB choir

Dalmeny Kirk imageThis is a setting either for brass band alone, or for SATB choir and brass band, of 6 pieces inspired by Dalmeny Kirk near Edinburgh, and the stonework around its south doorway. The movements are Procession; Plainsong; The King; Manticore; Agnus Dei; Terrebolen; Procession (reprise)

While the titles of most of the movements are explanatory, a little explanation of some others may be of interest.  The carvings round the doorway have images of a King and of the Lamb of God, or Agnus Dei.  But there are also some of more mythical creatures including the Manticore, a frecious beast which has a lion's body, the face of a man, a triple row of teeth, and the tail of a scorpion!  The fourth movement presents a musical picture of this.

The sixth movement is Terrebolen (or Fire Stones).  These stones are said to be male and female, and when apart, are perfectly safe. When they come together, however, fire is kindled with destructive results.  Musically, there is a contrast presented between the male and female, and then an idea of the effect of the combination!

Procession is simply a musical presentation of worshippers walking up the path to the church door, where inside, they can hear the sound of Plainsong (in this case a setting of the text "Domine Deus, Rex coelestis").

Complete score: brass band and SATB

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