Cumha Iarla Wigton

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CUMHA IARLA WIGTON (Lament for the Earl of Wigton). Scottish, Pibroch. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDDEE. The first and last strains are in duple time, the middle three in triple. The air appeared in Donald Dow's Ancient Scots Music (1776), although Johnson (1983) dates it on stylistic terms to c. 1720, and thinks it may have originally been composed for the harp. It does not appear in the piping repertoire, but (as Johnson points out), it sits well for fiddle or harp. The Earl was probably the third Earl of Wigton who died in 1665, according to Bruford.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Johnson (Scottish Fiddle Music in the 18th Century), 1983; No. 55, pp. 132-133.

Recorded sources: Ann Heymann - "Cruit go nÓr." Alison Kinnaird - "The Silver String."




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