Malcolm of the Glen (1)

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MALCOLM OF THE GLEN [1] (Calum a' Ghlinne). Scottish, Slow Air (6/8 time). E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "The verses sung to this air contain the representation of that sting which a reflecting mind must feel, when either habitually addicted, or casually ensnared into a course of dissipation and expense, prejudicial to the interests of his family. Malcolm of the Glen had an only daughter, courted by many, and forsaken by an equal number. In moralizing over his glass, to which he was, it would appear, addicted, he at length discovers the fault his own, from a supposition that his purse was exhausted. He then reveals for her advantage what he has to spare, and bestows due praise on her beauty, and the propriety of her conduct, giving a hearty rub to those who think themselves more rich and more prudent, who nevertheless will have remaining to bear their expenses to the other world no more than Malcolm of the Glen" (Fraser).

Capt. Simon Fraser of Knockie



Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816; No. 229, p. 93.

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