Annotation:Lament for Lord Ballenden (A)

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X:1 T:Lament for Lord Ballenden, A M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Air Q:”Pathetically Slow” N:No composer attribution B:John Pringle – A Collection of Reels, Strathspeys & Jigs (1801, p. 17) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A V:1 E|(A>B) ~c2 BA|F>A E3F|A>B ~c2 BA|{d}c>B B2 AF| A>B ~c2 BA|FA E3C|D>F E3C|{C}(~B,A,) A,3:|| E|A>B ~c2 BA|(FE) ~f2 e2|f>e ~e2 cA|c>B B3E| A>B ~c2 BA|F>A E3C|D>F E3C|{C}B,>A, A,3E| A>B ~c2 BA|FE {D}f2e2|f>e e2 cA|c>B TB2 ce| f>c e2 AB|~c>A {A}B3F|~A>F F2 EC|{C}~B,>A, A,3|] V:2 clef = bass z|A,,2A,2 [C,2E,2]|D,2C,2 z2|A,,2 A,2 [D,2F,2]|E,2E,,2 z2| A,,2A,2[C,2E,2]|D,2C,2A,,2|D,2E,2E,,2|A,,2 A,,,3:| z|A,,2A,2G,2|z2 D2C2|A,2 C,3 ^D,|E,2 E,,2 z2| A,,2 A,2 [C,2E,2]|D,2C,2A,,2|D,2E,2 E,,2|A,2 A,,2z2| A,,2A,2G,2|z2D2C2|A,,2 C,3^D,|E,2E,,2z2| D2C2 C,B,,|A,,2E,2E,,z|A,,2D,2A,,2|E,,2E,,,3]|]

LAMENT FOR LORD BALLENDEN, A. Scottish, Slow Air (3/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). Although Borders fiddler-composer biography:John Pringle composed a number of tunes in his 1801 collection and identified them as his compositions; this is one of several tunes in his collection that had no composer attribution.

The title Lord Bellenden (note spelling) was a Peerage of Scotland, and the family owned the Broughton area of Edinburgh. There were two Lord Bellenden's that Pringle's tune may have referred to: John Ker Bellenden of Broughton , 5th Lord Bellenden (1751–1796) or Robert Bellenden, 6th Lord Bellenden (1734–1797)--the tenure of the latter lasting only a year. See also Gow's "Lord Ballenden."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Pringle (A Collection of Reels, Strathspeys & Jigs), 1801; p. 17.

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