Colonel Graham's Favorite
X:1 T:Colonel Graham's Favorite C:John Clark M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig N:There is one flat in the key signature of Clark’s publication, although the N:melody is clearly harmonized in C major with a ‘C’ tonic. B:John Clark – A Collection of New Strathspey Reels & Country Dances (1795, p. 4) B: http://hms.scot/fiddle/copy/4/ N:”Dedicated to the Musical Society of Perth” Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:C G|c>dc c>eg|f>dB c2d|e>fg g>fe|d>ed dBG| c>dc c>eg|f>dB c2d|e>fg a>gf|g>ag g2:| g|g>ag e>fg|f>af d>ef|e>ge c>de|d>BG G2B| c>dc e>ge|f>a d2f|e>cA d>BG|c>dc c2g| g>ag (ef).g|f>af (de).f|e>ge cde|d>BG G2B| (ce)c (df)d|(eg)e (fg)a|g>fe (fe).d|c>dc c2|]
COLONEL GRAHAM'S FAVORITE. Scottish, Jig or Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Colonel Graham's Favorite" is a jig from the sole publication of fiddler-composer John Clark, who dedicated his volume to the Musical Society of Perth. Unfortunately, there is no further information to be had on Clark (John Glen and David Baptie are silent).Thomas Graham, 1st Baron Lynedoch (1848-1843) was a Scottish soldier and politician and improver of his estates. He led a stored career in the wars with France and Napoleon and was involved in a number of battles, eventually rising to the rank of General and gaining important, independent commands. At the time of Clark's publication, Graham had recently lost his wife, the beautiful Mary Cathcart, who died in June, 1793. A heartbroken Graham rededicated himself to military life. See also the tune composed for his wife, "Honorable Mrs. Graham of Balgowan (The)."