Highland Cradle Song

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X: 1 T: Highland Cradle Song R: waltz M: 3/4 L: 1/8 K: Dmaj A2d3e|f4g2|f6|e6|A2c3d|e4f2|ed3B2|A6| A2d3e|f4g2|f6|e4a2|a2A3d|f4e2|d6-|d4a2| a2g3B|B4g2|g2f3A|A4f2|f2e3G|G4e2|e2d3B|A4a2| a2g3B|B4g2|g2f3A|A4f2|f2e3f|g2B3c|d6-|d4z2|



HIGHLAND CRADLE SONG. Scottish, Slow Air (3/4 time), Waltz. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Originally a waltz written in 1847 by Louis Antoine Jullien, a French bandleader and composer living in London, in honor of Olga, Grand Duchess of Russia and Crown Princess of Wurtemberg. It became immensely popular, and when Jullien died in 1860, Punch magazine wrote "...the marriages effected through his lovely 'Olga Waltz' must have occasioned a considerable effect upon the census." In the 1850's, E. Hodges of London published an abolitionist song sheet "Why Did My Master Sell Me" to be sung of the tune of "Olga Waltz," which also became very popular. William Booth, co-founder of the Salvation Army, wrote religious words to the same melody. And when the London Zoo sold Jumbo the Elephant to P.T. Barnum in 1882, Punch magazine published a cartoon and a satirical song "Air - Why Did My Master Sell Me -- Jumbo's Lament." The tune appears as "Why Did My Massa Sell Me" in Kerr's Merry Melodies Vol. 3 (c. 1880's) and as "Olga Waltz" in Honeyman's Violin Tutor.


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Printed sources : - Martin (Ceol na Fidhle, vol. 2), 1988; p. 43. Williams (The John Neilson Music Book), 2013; p. 14.






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