An t-Eilean (The Island) was featured on our 2020 album release The Wallace Collection On Song. The sheet music has now been published and available for you to perform.
Composed by John Wallace for voice (mezzo-soprano), trumpet and keyboard, An t-Eilean (The Island has been dedicated to Norman Gillies, “a primes inter pares among the great men of Skye”, and inspired by John’s daughter, Esme, who has made her life on the island. John comments that the piece is “spinning a musical tapestry through the monumental Gaelic poetry of Sorley Maclean”.
A hauntingly beautiful vocal line supported by melodious keyboard and injections of soulful trumpet interludes, An t’Eilean offers a breath-taking scoring through this trio of sounds.
The piece is currently available in printed format and includes a full score and parts for mezzo-soprano voice (with lyrics in both Scottish Gaelic and English) and trumpet (in both trumpet in C and Bb).