William Moonie

William Walter Beaton Moonie was born on 29 May 1883
He achieved his Bachelor of Music in Edinburgh in 1902. He later undertook some further study with Tovey and it was Tovey who put on the first professional performances of Moonie's work. One of his most popular works, Springtime on Tweed, is a tone poem written in honour of the Stobo district where he was born.
His orchestral overture Lord Of the Isles shows an excellent command of the orchestra and is a very attractive piece on the same level as Hamish MacCunn's 'Land of the Mountain and the Flood' of 1897.
He made many arrangements of Scottish songs with excellent harmonies and wrote some exquisite original songs including a setting of Pittendriech MacGillivray's 'O Come with Me' published by Bruce, Clements & Co in Edinburgh in 1923 and 'Songs of the Caravan' to words by W F Paul published in 1927. In 1928 he set the Highland Rallying Song, 'Pibroch of Donuil Dhu', to words by Sir Walter Scott for voice and orchestra. The piano reduction of the orchestral part calls for a fine pianist.
Throughout his life, he taught singing and piano, both privately and in schools, and was an organist and choirmaster.
He died on 8 December 1961.

His works include:
Music for Piano including 'The "kind" gallows of Crieth' from Scottish Chap-book
Music for Two Pianos
Music for Organ
Music for Violin and Piano
Music for Cello and Piano
Two Piano Trios
Three Piano Quintets
A Wind Septet 'Perthshire Echoes'
Solo Songs including:
Proud Maisie
Reverie, also arranged for piano and for piano quintet
Sing, O my heart
Jock O'Hazeldean
When the kye comes home
I heard a wee bird singing
Oh why left I my hame
48 Scottish folk song arrangements
'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond' for two voices
'A wet sheet and a flowing sea' for Male Voices
SATB Songs
Music for Voice and Orchestra
Music for Chorus and Orchestra
Three Operas
Many Orchestral Works

CD
Perthshire Echoes

Items above in bold italic are available from Nymet Music