Roderick Dhu the Clanalpin Chief

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RODERICK DHU, THE CLANALPIN CHIEF (Ruairi Dubh). Scottish, Slow Air (4/4 time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Mr. Scott's poem of The Lady of the Lake was presented to the editor by some young ladies in Edinburgh, on condition of furnishing this air from his ancient stock, to the Boat Song, beginning 'Hail to the Chief,' &c." (Fraser). Fraser refers to Sir Walter Scott's (1771-1832) highly influential narrative epic poem "The Lady of the Lake" [1], published in 1810. The work has several plot-lines, one of which concerns the contest among three men, Roderick Dhu, James Fitz-James, and Malcolm Graeme, to win the love of Ellen Douglas. The rebellious Roderick dies at the end of the story, while Fitz-James, revealed as the King, commends Ellen to Malcolm.

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Printed sources : - Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816; No. 76, p. 28.

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