Oliver Searle: Dalriada -version for reed trio (score and parts) [download]


Computer typeset score (36pp) and parts (45pp) saved to PDF for immediate download.


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Oliver Searle: Dalriada -version for reed trio (score and parts) [download]

Computer typeset score (36pp) and parts (45pp) saved to PDF for immediate download.


‘An Argyll Suite’


Oboe (doubling Cor Anglais) Clarinet (doubling Bass Clarinet) Bassoon

Dalriada was a Gaelic kingdom, which encompassed Argyll and Bute, part of Lochaber, and County Antrim (Ireland), in the 6th and 7th Centuries.

Duration: ca. 20 minutes

Score in C

For Cath, Fran and Heather: the Scottish Reed Trio. First performances in March, 2011



This movement is named after Temple Wood, next to the Nether Largie stones, in Kilmartin Glen, Argyll. The wood was added to the site by the Victorians, as layers have been added to history and past religions over the millennia. In this movement, the three instruments give the sense of existing in their own environments, complementing each other with similar material, but choosing not to agree on one tempo.

Kerrera Blues

This movement is based on the way I felt on leaving the small island of Kerrera, near Oban, after spending a beautiful warm, sunny afternoon there; I was sorry to go.


The Killarrow parish church, on Islay, is a round building, built this way in 1767, so that there was allegedly ‘no corner for the devil to hide’. This is music with corners.

Harbour Dreams

I have strong memories of spending time on summer family holidays, daydreaming, while fishing on the harbour wall in Carradale, in Kintyre.


This is dedicated to John Maxwell Geddes, who used to take a group of composers (of which I was one), to Castle Toward, on a retreat for weekends. I always think of it as a magical place and time; we improvised a ‘Lamont Lament’ one evening at the ruins of the old castle and I thought that one day
I might like to write something to commemorate these occasions and say ‘thank you’ to John, who was my teacher, mentor and friend. John passed away in 2017.


This movement is named after a house my great uncle used to own, near Ettrick Bay, on the Isle of Bute. It is an island that has always been very dear to me and I have spent many a summer there. Rothesay has always had a magical sense of history and past grandeur for me, and I have attempted to reference this in the use of 1930s dance band rhythms and harmony.

Oliver; Glasgow, 11/1/11

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