Annotation:Boy's Lament for His Dragon (The)

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X:1 T:Boy's Lament for his Kite, The C:William Mackay M:2/4 L:1/8 B:Donald MacPhee - A Selection of Music for the B:Highland Bagpipe (1876, p. 9) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D e|Ad de/f/|g/f/e/d/ f2|gB Bc/d/|e/f/e/c/ A2| Ad de/f/|g/f/e/d/ f2|gB/B/ f/e/d/c/d2 d/d/:| |:g|aA A>c|BG A2|Ad Ad|e/d/c/B/ Ag| aA A>c|BG A2|Ad c/d/e/c/|d2 d/d/:|]

BOY'S LAMENT FOR HIS DRAGON, THE. AKA - "Boy's Lament for his Kite (The)," "Royal Highlanders' Farewell to Aberdeen." AKA and see "Farewell to Aberdeen," "72nd's Farewell to Aberdeen (The)." Scottish, Pipe March (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The composition is credited to William MacKay. 'Dragon' in the title is thought to refer to a kite, and Anslem Lingnau points out that in German both the fearsome mythical beast and the flying toy are called drachen. The melody appears to be earliest published as "Boy's Lament for his Kite" in Donald MaxPhee's 1876 collection of Highland pipe music, where it is attributed to MacKay. Soon afterwards, however, it appeared as "The Royal Highlanders' Farewell to Aberdeen" in Pipe Major William Ross's 1885 collection without attribution and debate continues about the original name of the march and its composer.

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Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Cranford (Jerry Holland: The Second Collection), 2000; No. 89, p. 36. Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; p. 38. William Ross's Collection of Pipe Music, 1885; No. 27, p. 126.

Recorded sources: -

See also listings at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]

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