Pitgavinie

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PITGAVINIE. AKA – "Pitgaveny," "Newmill Brig." Scottish, Strathspey. E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. Composed by William Macpherson (1919–1974), a native of Elgin and a member of the First Violins of the Scottish National Orchestra for 11 years, in addition to being a fine traditional Scottish fiddler and composer. According to Neil (The Scots Fiddle, 1991) Pitgavinie, or Pitgaveny, is traditionally believed to be the famous Bothgowan of Shakespeare's play "MacBeth." After Duncan's defeat at the battle of Forforness (Burghead) in 1040, he and his general MacBeth fled to Bothgowen where he was mortally wounded by the traitorous MacBeth who had his own designs on Duncan's throne.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Bennett (Willie Macpherson: The Elgin Fiddler), 2006; no. 5, p. 55. Neil (The Scots Fiddle), 1991; No. 65, p. 89.

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