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Skye Boat Song

Trad. arr. Nigel Wood & Karen Street


Sheet Music

PDF E-Edition:





4-15 players, flexible parts




The song tells how Charles escaped in a small boat, with the aid of Flora MacDonald, disguised as a serving maid. The song is a traditional expression of Jacobitism and its story has also entered Scotland as a national legend.

This incredibly flexible arrangement comes with parts allowing from 4 – 15+ players.

The E-Edition PDF bundle comes with the following:

Standard parts
Alto Saxophone 1 (alternative to Soprano Saxophone 1)
Alto Saxophone 2 (alternative to Tenor Saxophone 2)
Alto Saxophone 3 (alternative to Tenor Saxophone 3)
Tenor Saxophone 1 (alternative to Baritone Saxophone 1)

Alternative & optional parts
Soprano Saxophone 1 (alternative to Alto Saxophone 1 & optional)
Tenor Saxophone 2 (alternative to Alto Saxophone 2 & optional)
Tenor Saxophone 3 (alternative to Alto Saxophone 3 & optional)
Baritone Saxophone 1 (alternative to Tenor Saxophone 1 & optional)
Baritone Saxophone 2 (alternative to Bass Saxophone & optional)

Just optional parts
Sopranino Saxophone (optional)
Soprano Saxophone 2 (optional)
Alto Saxophone 4 (easy & optional)
Alto Saxophone 5 (easy & optional)
Bass Saxophone (alternative to Baritone Saxophone 2 & optional)
Contrabass Saxophone (optional)

“Skye Boat Song” is also available in hard-copy from June Emerson Wind Music.


Excellent writing and arranging for almost any combination of sax ensemble. My ensembles can change every semester form four to as many as eight or nine saxes. It can be difficult to find pieces that work with these odd combinations. Thanks to the brilliant arranging by Karen Street and Nigel Wood, “All in Good Time”, “SkyeBoat Song”, I can include all my sax students, in any combination, to play these charts and have a great concert at the end of the semester.
Bruce Krasin, Saxophone Instructor, Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA, 02.11.2014

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