Norea's lost to me

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X:1 T:Norea's lost to me M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Air Q:"Slow" B:Oswald – Caledonian Pocket Companion, Book V (1760, p. 16) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D A2 (d<f)|(ed)cd|B3 (A/G/)|TG2F2|(A<d)(f<d)|(e^g)ad| (c<e) T(B>A/2B/4)|A4::(a<f)(e<^d)|(ef)(ga)|(3bag (3fed|Tc2d2| B>c (3dcB|(Ac)db|a2 Tg>f|{f}e3A|(3Bcd (3efg|f<a (ba/g/)| f2 {de}Te>d|d4::A(B/c/) (d/e/f/g/)|a/(f/e/d/) cd|B>c {e}d(c/B/)| T(B>A/2B/4) A2|A(c/B/) (d/c/)(e/d/)|(f/e/)(g/f/) (a/g/)(b/a/)|c'd'(gf)|{f}e4:| |:a>g (f/d/A/=c/)|{c}B3f|g>f (e/b/g/e/)|{d}Tc>B A2|(B/d/c/e/) {e}d(c/B/)|A(B/c/) (d/e/f/g/)| (af) b(a/g/)|{f}e3A|(B/A/B/d/) A2|(B/d/c/e/) (d/b/a/g/)|f2 {de} Te>d|d4:|]



NOREA'S WISH. Scottish, Air (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. The tune was claimed by cellist and composer James Oswald in the index to the Caledonian Pocket Companion. James Oswald (composer) (1710–1769) had become a widower in 1756 when his wife Mary Ann died, but found another love in Leonora Robinson-Lytton, the spouse a Oswald's friend and musical ally, John Robinson-Lytton. When Leonora became widowed in 1762 she secretly married Oswald, despite the gap in social class (she was an aristocrat and he was a drummer's son). Nevertheless, the union seems to have been a happy one; two of Oswald's three daughters by his first marriage named their own daughters after her. As John Robinson-Lytton had owned Knebworth, one of England's greatest stately homes, Leonora inherited, and Oswald in effect became master of the estate. Oswald composed three tunes in the Caledonian Pocket Companion for Norea--a contraction of Leonora--“Norea's Scots Measure”, “Norea's Wish” and “Norea's lost to me”. She died in 1790.


Additional notes



Printed sources : - James Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, Book 5), 1760; p. 116.






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