Dying Year (The)
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DYING YEAR, THE. Scottish, Slow Air (). Composed by early 20th century composer J.D. Michie (1884-1960), a musician, inventor, composer, teacher, poet and craftsman, who resided and kept a music shop in Brechin. He composed a hornpipe suite in the key of Eb (published in 1933) that consisted of "Autocrat (The)," "Jester (The)," and "Optimist (The)." A second hornpipe suite published in 1935 begins with a slow air ("Dying Year (The)" (dedicated to fiddler Angus Fitchet, who responded with a march, "Mr. Michie"), followed by "Cynic (The)," "Desclaimer (The)," and "Recluse (The)/Recluse Hornpipe."
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Recorded sources: Celtic Music Records, Willie Hunter & Violet Tulloch - "Fiddle Music from Shetland and Scotland" (1982. Recorded by Peter Cooke).
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Hear the tune played on concertina at Tobar an Dualchais