Cross of Inverness (The)

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X:1 % T:Cross of Inverness, The M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:Stewart-Robertson - The Athole Collection (1884) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G G|DB,B,D ECCB|cBAG FDDE|DB,B,D ECCG|FDAF G2GE| DB,B,D ECCB|cBAG FEDC|B,DGD CEAE|FDAF G2G|| c|g2g2 ecce|^caca fdd=c|BgBg ecc^g|a^ga^c d2d=c| B/c/d gd ecce|^c/d/e ag fd dg/a/|bdBg ecAc|B/c/d DF G2GE||

CROSS OF INVERNESS, THE (Clach-na-Cudainn). AKA and see "Clach na Cudain (2)." Scottish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Fraser, Hunter, Kerr): AAB (Alburger). "This air celebrates the foundation-stone of Inverness, if it may be so termed, which is still religiously preserved near the cross,--it belongs to the armorial bearing of the town,-- is engraven upon its seal,-- and is the universal toast when drinking the health or prosperity of its community. It was formerly the resting place of the servant girls, in bringing their water-pails from the river,--of course a celebrated rendezvous for obtaining all the news and scandal imaginable" (Fraser). The melody is thought to possibly have been written by Fraser himself.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Simon Fraser's collection, originally issued in 1816 [Henderson].

Printed sources : - Alburger (Scottish Fiddlers and Their Music), 1983; Ex. 102, p. 167. Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816/1874; No. 83, p. 31. Henderson (Flowers of Scottish Melody), 1935. Hunter (The Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 195. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 3); No. 44, p. 7. Laybourn (Köhlers’ Violin Repository, Book 2), 1881-1885, p. 167. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 179.

Recorded sources : - Celtic CX 20, The Five MacDonald Fiddlers - "The Five MacDonalds" (c. 1950's).

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