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MY HEART IS BROKE(N) SINCE THY DEPARTURE (Gun bhris mo chrish' on dh'fhalbh thu). Scottish, Slow Air (4/4 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. This "is one of the love songs to which it is so difficult to attach incident, as every pair of lovers instantly apply the words and airs that suit them to their own case. This is, however, one of the sacred compilation made by the gentlemen named in the prospectus, and universally admired on all convivial occasions. Within their own district they had the aid of a celebrated son of song, Mr. Thomas Houston, whose family are proprietors in Sutherland" (Fraser).

Source for notated version: "From Captain Fraser's Collection" (MacDonald/Skye).

Printed sources: Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816/1874; No. 116, p. 46. Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1992; No. 45. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 191.

Recorded sources: Greentrax CDTRAX 9009, Hector MacAndrew (1903-1980) - "Scottish Tradition 9: The Fiddler and his Art" (1993).




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