My Bonny Brunette (1)

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MY BONNY BRUNETTE (Ho rò mo nighean dònn bhoidheach). Scottish; Air, March? E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "This air appears, from the words, to be the serenade of a lover to his mistress. He taps at her window, and, in place of her usual gracious reply to his protestations of love, she appears at her window, but is on this occasion silent. Explanations, of course, become necessary, when it merely turned out that her silence proceeded from the minister sleeping in the adjoining apartment, and hazarded a disclosure of an amour, only secret till the consent of friends could be obtained" (Fraser).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816; No. 138, p. 56.

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