• Judith Weir
  • Ettrick Banks (1985)

  • Novello & Co Ltd (World)
  • org
  • 4 min

Programme Note

Having always admired the famous Impressionist water studies for piano - Debussy's Reflets dans l'eau - I had the idea of writing a water study for organ. This 4-minute organ piece is based on the intervals of the traditional Scottish air Ettrick Banks (not particularly audible in the finished piece) and seems to describe a more turbulent stretch of water than the French pieces mentioned above. Therefore, in homage to another piano water study, Liszt's Les jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este, I have subtitled my piece Les chutes d'eau à la ville d'Ettrick.

Ettrick Banks was written for Michael Bonaventure, who gave me invaluable assistance and encouragement in writing for the organ.

© Judith Weir 1985


Ettrick Banks


Score sample


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