In Celtic Lands


Composer: Duhamel, Maurice
Arranger: R. Stevens
Ensemble: Saxophone Quartet SATB
Format: Score (14pp) and SATB parts
Length: 10 – 11 minutes (6 movements)
Difficulty: Grade 3-4 (Moderate – Difficult)

In Celtic Lands (1925)

Maurice Duhamel (1884-1940)

SATB Saxophone Quartet

In Celtic Lands by Maurice Duhamel  arranged for saxophone quartet SATB. This work was originally written by Duhamel as a suite of short pieces for piano. They are based on traditional Breton melodies and motifs but some of their harmonies take a decidedly modern turn. The composer later set the work for orchestra. The movements are:

  1. Welsh Song
  2. Wedding Procession in Trégor
  3. Through the Sea Mists of the Hebrides
  4. Highland Bagpipes
  5. May Evening in Argoad
  6. Sword Dance

The SATB saxophone quartet arrangement of In Celtic Lands is complete and in the original keys. The parts are well balanced in that each player gets a turn in the spotlight. The baritone sax part is especially beautiful in movements 3 and 5.

  • The range for each saxophone part is shown below.
  • Audio and score excerpts are available above.
  • Registered users can download a complete sample score and full length audio file of In Celtic Lands on the ‘Samples’ tab.

In Celtic Lands by Maurice Duhamel, for SATB Saxophone Quartet

About the Composer

Maurice Duhamel was the pen-name of Maurice Bourgeaux, a Breton musician, writer and political activist. He was a leading figure in Breton nationalism and federalist politics in the years before World War II. From youth, he displayed great musical talent, composing his own original works, and collecting and arranging traditional Breton songs. Breton and Celtic folk music had a great influence on his work.


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