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X:1 T:Balmoral Castle [2] M:C L:1/16 R:Strathspey B:Stewart-Robertson - The Athole Collection (1884) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G B2|GG3 g4 dg3Bg3|dB3 g3a bagf ge3|dB3 g4 df3Bb3|DB3 B3G A6:| |:B2|G3DB,3G, D3G,B,3G,|C3A,B,3G B,CD2 G3B|G3DB,3G D3G,B,3G,|c3A cBAG A4 A3B| G3DB,3G, D3G,B,3G,|C3A,B,3G B,CD2 G3B| GG3 B4 dB3 B3g|BB3 B3G A4A2||

BALMORAL CASTLE [2]. Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). The tune may have been composed by Crathie, Aberdeenshire, farmer, fiddler and violin maker William Blair (1793-1884), famed as a player of Scots dance music before he became fiddler to Queen Victoria from 1848. The melody was not credited by Stewart-Robertson in his 1887 collection, but a few other tunes by Blair were published in The Atholl Collection without attribution. A posthumous collection of Blair's tunes, Original Reels & Strathspeys, was issued in the early 1890's.

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Printed sources : - Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 168.

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