Highland Lamentation (The)

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HIGHLAND LAMENTATION, THE. Scottish, Air (3/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. The air is a composition of Scottish cellist and composer James Oswald [1] (1710-1769). John Glen (Early Scottish Melodies, 1900) suposes that, from the title, the tune must have been composed sometime in the decade after the suppression of the Jacobite Rebellion of Bonnie Prince Charlie (1745-46).

James Oswald

An song, "Young Damon," with words by Robert Ferguson, was set to the air and appears in Johnson's Scots Musical Museum.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion Book 3), 1760; p. 24.

Recorded sources: Make Believe Records, Calum Stewart, Lauren MacColl - "Highland Lamentation" (2012).




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