Lalla Since the Queen's Come

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X:1 T:Lalla Since the Queen's Come M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey S:MacDonald - Skye Collection (1887) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D (F<A) (A>=c) (B>G) A2|F<A A>=c B>G A<d|F<A A>=c B>G A2|E<=c ~c>G E2 =C2:|| A>d (c<d) A<D F2|A>d (c<d) A<D F<A|A>d c<d A<D F2|E<=c c>G E2 =C>E| A>d (c>d) A<D F2|A>d (c<d) A<D F>A|A>d (c<e) (3dcB (3AGF|E<=c c>G E2 =C2||

LALLA SINCE THE QUEEN'S COME. AKA and see "Elgin." Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by James Scott Skinner (1843-1927). Although it is not known what prompted Skinner's somewhat queer title, it may have to do with some personal experience or observation of his Aberdeenshire community. Skinner in his early professional like made his living as a dancing master (as did his father) as well as a musician, establishing his credentials with top honors in a sword-dance competition in Ireland in 1862, and a strathspey and reel competition in Inverness in 1863. His growing local reputation came to the notice of Queen Victoria when in residence at Balmoral, and she employed him to teach dancing to the royal household and the employees on her estate. It is said that by 1868 he had 125 pupils there.

Skinner was not the first to publish his tune, however, as it was printed as a schottische in a bagpipe collection by Mr. Logan, a fact noted in Skinner's Miller o' Hirn. However, Logan changed the title to "Elgin", evidently finding Skinner's title wanting in decorum.

J. Scott Skinner

Additional notes

Printed sources : - MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 52. Skinner (The Miller o' Hirn Collection), 1881; No. 17, p. 7.

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