Hero Never Dies (A)

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HERO NEVER DIES, A (Cha bhàs thig air Laoch ach cadal). Scottish, Slow Air (9/8 time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "To this air the editor's father sung Gaelic verses, by a Dr. Morison, from the Island of Lews, who was assistant surgeon of the old 78th, or Fraser Highlanders, and composed on the memorable event of General Wolfe's fall at Québec. If conversation at any time introduced the name of his lamented relative, Brigadier-General Fraser, who also fell in battle at Saratoga, having served under both these heroes, he indiscriminately applied the words of this air to either. They appear to have spread no further than the circle of such of the officers as spoke Gaelic. Dr. Morison composed verses to many of the Highland melodies while on that expedition" (Fraser).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816/1874; No. 185, p. 76.

Recorded sources: Redwing Music RWMCD 5410, Abby Newton - "Castles, Kirks and Caves" (2001).




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