John Turner's Lament for the Death of His Wife

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JOHN TURNER'S LAMENT FOR THE DEATH OF HIS WIFE. Scottish, Slow Air (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by Dr. John Turner; musician, composer, performer, teacher and director of the Jink and Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling, held yearly in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. His first wife, Chris, died in a car accident in which the rest of the family survived. He composed other tunes for or about her as well, including "Graceful Young Woman (The)," "The Lass of New Kent" and "Allison Was Her Delight" (referencing their daughter).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Johnson (A Twenty Year Anniversary Collection), 2003; p. 4. Turner (Melodies in the Scottish Style), 1984.

Recorded sources: Fiddletree Music, John Turner - "The Wanderer's Lament: Fiddle Music of Scotland" (1999)




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