Loch of Forfar (1) (The)

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X:1 T:Loch of Forfar [1], The N:William Christie (1778-1849) was a dancing master, fiddler N:postmaster and composer from Cuminestown, Aberdeenshire. M:C L:1/16 R:Strathspey B:Christie - Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Hornpipes, B:Waltzes &c. (Edinburgh, 1820, p. 7) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A B2|{G}A3E EEE2 C3E~E3F|A3E EEE2 A3d Tc3B|{G}A3E EEE2 C3EE3F| DDD2 (D3E) {F}=G4G2:|B2|AAA2 T(c3A) e3Ac3A|AAA2 T(c3A) {c}e4 Tf4{ef}| .e2(.A2.c2.e2) .a2.e2.c2.A2|EEE2 (E3F) {F}=G4 G3B|AAA2 T(c3A) e3A {d}c3A| AAA2 T(c3A) {c}e4 Tf4{ef}|e2fg (ag).f.e (fe).d.c (dc).B.A|EE3 TE3F {F}=G4 G2||

LOCH OF FORFAR [1], THE. AKA and see "Blair's Favourite." Scottish, Strathspey or Reel. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by William Allen. According to Skinner, the melody is sometimes played as a reel. The alternate title "Blair's Favourite" is given by Skinner, perhaps a reference to Blair Atholl.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - William Christie (Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Hornpipes, Waltzes &c.), Edinburgh, 1820; p. 7. Davie (Davie’s Caledonian Repository), Aberdeen, 1829-30, p. 26. Glen (Glen Collection of Scottish Music), vol. 2, 1895; p. 6. Skinner (Harp and Claymore), 1904; p. 104 ("As played by the Queen's Fiddler," presumably Skinner himself).

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